Highly touted New Mexico basketball commit Fedonta 'J.B.' White shot and killed at 18

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - DECEMBER 04: A ball lies on the court during a game between the New Mexico Lobos and the Boise State Broncos at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit on December 04, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lobos defeated the Broncos 80-78. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - DECEMBER 04: A ball lies on the court during a game between the New Mexico Lobos and the Boise State Broncos at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit on December 04, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lobos defeated the Broncos 80-78. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Santa Fe High School basketball star and University of New Mexico commit Fedonta “J.B.” White was shot and killed early Saturday morning. He was 18 years old.

Santa Fe High principal Carl Marano and the Santa Fe sheriff’s office confirmed the news. The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. in the Chupadero area north of Santa Fe. No arrests have been made. SFSO’s Juan Rios declined to provide further details of the shooting to the Albuquerque Journal.

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“The whole thing is just surreal,” Marano told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “He was an incredible young man who was getting ready to fulfill his dream and be a Lobo.”

White was slated to graduate in 2021 but reclassified as a senior so he could play for the Lobos this fall. A 6-8 forward, White was rated as as a 4-star prospect by Rivals. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds last season while leading Santa Fe to New Mexico’s 5A quarterfinals.

According to the Journal, White was the first New Mexico high school player to accept a scholarship from the Lobos since 2014. He also received offers from Marquette, Utah and San Diego State.

“I feel sometimes people look down on our state and people in it,” White told the Journal in 2019. “I want to be a part of proving everyone wrong.”

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