According to reports on Friday from numerous sources, 17-year-old senior-to-be basketball player Nnamdi Okongwu of Chino Hills has died due to a traumatic brain injury he suffered earlier this week in a skateboarding accident.
Okongwu, a 6-foot-9 center ranked the state’s No. 29 prospect in the Class of 2015, was a key member of the 2013-14 team at Chino Hills that played in the first-ever CIF Southern Section Open Division championship game and lost to national powerhouse Mater Dei of Santa Ana. The Huskies (29-6) ended up at No. 6 in the final state rankings.
With Okongwu, who played travel basketball with San Diego-based Gamepoint and has a younger brother Onyeka who is a talented player, expected to come back for the coming season along with State Sophomore Player of the Year Lonzo Ball and all-state freshman LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills already was being pegged as among the state’s top teams.
Reports about Okongwu having died on Tuesday as a result of the accident were not true, but he was declared brain dead. According to a report from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, family members decided to take Okongwu off of life support on Friday morning.
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Cal-Hi Sports would like to offer condolences and best wishes to the Chino Hills High School community in this difficult time.