Northwestern basketball player Jordan Hankins took own life

Toby Graves
January 12, 2017

Jordan Hankins, a student at Northwestern University who played for the school's basketball team, was found dead in her dorm room on January 9 after having committed suicide, according to a January 10 report.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Hankins was found dead in her room and the school announced in a statement that there was no evidence of foul play.

Her head coach, Joe McKeown, adds that she was a "remarkably dynamic young woman".

Hankins, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Indianapolis, averaged 3.6 points and 11 minutes per game this season for the Wildcats.

Hankins was recruited out of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. "We will miss her enormously".

The nature and cause of Hankins' death will be determined by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Northwestern University said it learned Monday of the death of women's basketball sophomore student-athlete Jordan Hankins.

Our hearts go out to Jordan and her loved ones.

Hankins' former Varsity Coach Chris Griffin described Hankins as "a multi-faceted, compassionate, and extremely talented young woman". Three days ago, on her Twitter page, she posted "Stay humbled and hungry bubby", wishing her brother luck in Lawrence North's game against Warren Central. "Jordan had a huge heart and will be missed".

"She meant a lot to me", he told the paper.

After the news, Northwestern cancelled its game Wednesday against Minnesota, with a makeup date to be announced later.

Telles-Irvin wrote that grief counseling services were available to students struggling to deal with Hankins' death, and said "the most important things we can do are to remember Jordan's life, the tremendous impact she had on her family and friends, and take care of each other as a community". "She was my role model".

Other reports by MyHealthBowl

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER