Four-star New Mexico basketball rookie JB White dies at 18 after shooting


Santa Fe high school basketball star JB White, a four-star rookie who had pledged to play for the New Mexico Lobos, was gunned down on Saturday morning. He was 18.

Filming took place around 3:30 am at a residence in Chupadero, an area north of Santa Fe. It is not known who the gunman was or why White was in the area. Authorities confirmed his death but said the case remained active. No suspect has been arrested.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of JB White,” New Mexico said in a Twitter statement on Saturday afternoon. “He was an extremely talented student-athlete and we were looking forward to him joining the Lobo family. He was an amazing young man with a bright future, our thoughts and hearts are with his family and friends.

The 6-foot-8 White had announced his intention to reclassify from Class 2021 to Class 2020 as a senior so he could play for the Lobos in the state this fall. He initially joined the program last October, placing in the top 100 among all high school basketball rookies in his rankings, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

White, the state’s top-ranked rookie, was on track to become the third highest-ranked signatory in program history and the highest-ranked commitment on record in the state.


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