Brandon High School mourns death of student athlete

Milo Meeks -- Hillsborough County Schools Photo

Milo Meeks — Hillsborough County Schools Photo

By KEVIN BRADY

Grief counselors greeted students at Brandon High this week after the death one of the school’s basketball players.

School senior Milo Meeks died Sunday, Sept. 22, after collapsing a day earlier at a pre-season conditioning workout in the school’s gymnasium.

Meeks, 18, had transferred to Brandon after playing basketball at Armwood High for three years.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and teammates of Brandon H.S. basketball player Milo Meeks (former Hawks basketball player),” reads a status update posted Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Armwood Hawks Football page on Facebook.

Meeks’ death was noted as well on the Brandon Eagles Football page.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and teammates of Milo Meeks,” it reads. “His passing is a tragic loss to the Eagle community.”

Meeks spent three years on junior varsity and varsity at Armwood High School where he was voted Most Valuable Player his sophomore year for scoring an average of 20 points a game that year.

Friends took to Twitter and Facebook to post messages of condolence to the Meeks family.

“Prayers definitely go out to his family. You’re in a better place now,” said Jake Shuttlesworth.

Meeks was a quiet young man who, unlike many of his fellow students, eschewed social media and lived to play basketball, according to friends.

“Milo was a cool person, he was quiet and stayed to himself,” said Tyree Bellamy who shared several classes with Meeks at Brandon High.

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