New Mexico Basketball Recruit Fedonta “J.B” White Killed In A Shooting
Local star and Lobo commit passed away early Saturday morning from a gunshot wound.
Santa Fe High School basketball star Fedonta “J.B.” White, 18, was shot and killed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, early Saturday morning, police have confirmed.
- Around 3:30 a.m., deputies from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls of a shooting in the Chupadero area, just north of Santa Fe, where officers determined White had died of a gunshot wound.
The 2021 four-star recruit committed to play for New Mexico last fall, despite increased interest from high major programs after a couple of impressive summer circuit campaigns.
Though despite tempting new offers White stayed loyal to not only the hometown school but one of the first programs to offer the athletic 6-8 wing after his freshmen season.
Citing his relationship with the Lobo’s coaching staff along with his love for his home state of New Mexico, “I feel sometimes people look down on our state and people in it, I want to be a part of proving everyone wrong.” White told the Albuquerque Journal after his commitment back in October of 2019.
White was a key recruit for head coach Paul Weir to land, as it is not everyday the Lobos have a top-100 nationally ranked player throwing down alley oops in their back yard. Weir and his staff made him a priority and after his commitment like many in the community was very excited to get White on campus.
In May White announced his intentions to graduate high school early and reclassify from the 2021 class to the 2020 class in order to enroll at UNM this fall. Santa Fe High School Principal Carl Marano told the Santa Fe New Mexican that White had recently completed his coursework to make that happen and fulfill his dream of being a Lobo in the coming months.
As of now the case is “still very active” and no arrests have been made according to SFSO Juan Rios.
The Lobo Basketball community took to social media and voiced their grief and disbelief.
Former Lobo center and fellow native Northern New Mexican Alex Kirk,
Assistant basketball coach Brandon Mason,
New Mexico Football Offensive Lineman Teton Saltes,
Sophomore guard Emmanuel Kuac,
Former manager and GA Estevan Sandoval,