Many tears were shed this afternoon and plenty minds were full of confusion and questions as the news broke this morning that former Wildcat Ben Jordan has passed away.
Ben Jordan had a full life ahead of him as he was just twenty two. Many believe he had a great chance to go on to play pro baseball, wether that be in the MLB or the minors, after his time at Kentucky was up. He was star at West Carter High School as he had the opportunity to be drafted out of High School, before ultimately deciding to come to Lexington and play baseball under Coach Mingione in 2018.
During his time at Kentucky, he also made an appearance for the basketball team during the 2019-20 season as Calipari needed another big man to use in practice after losing some to injuries. He only appeared in two official basketball games.
“We are devastated to learn of Ben Jordan’s tragic passing last night,” said Nick Mingione, UK head baseball coach. “There are no words to express the shock and heartache our team is feeling with the loss of Ben. He was an absolute joy to coach and be around. His coaches, teammates and brothers loved him dearly. His smile, his sense of humor and love for this university will never be forgotten. He will be missed beyond measure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and we will support them in any way we can during this extremely difficult time. We are all hurting and will find a way carry Ben’s legacy forward and keep him in our heart always.”
John Calipari also put out a statement this morning on the news: “Our hearts are broken today. We learned early this morning that we have lost Ben Jordan,” said John Calipari, UK head basketball coach. “It is difficult for me to express and to put into words what a tragedy it is to lose a young person too early. Ben impacted our team last season in so many ways with his kind heart, his big smile and his wonderful personality. He cared so deeply about this place and it meant so much to him to be a part of this team. We are grieving today over the loss of a teammate and a brother, but Ben will not be forgotten. We ask that everyone keep Ben and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this time as we try to find a way forward. Ben, may you rest in peace.”
It is not yet known what the reasoning for his death was, as this is still a developing story.
Prayers for the Jordan family, and may Ben Rest In Peace.