Basketball community mourns loss of Jordan Hankins

Photo Credit: Sam Schumacher/The Daily Northwestern

When it was learned that Northwestern Wildcats basketball player Jordan Hankins was found dead in her college dorm room, the women’s basketball community shed tears.

Hankins was found to have committed suicide according to an autopsy conducted by the Cook County medical examiner.

When the news became known, the Wildcats were scheduled to play a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Jan. 11. The game was postponed.

The Wildcats a few days later, returned to action to face the Rutgers Golden Knights in what turned out to be an emotional win for Northwestern given the unforeseen circumstances.

Northwestern has since announced that the team will wear a special patch on their jerseys. The patch is a black circle with Hankins’ initials and her uniform number.

We are heartbroken and saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins. Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates, and friends.

–Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation—Northwestern University per statement

She had a great passion for basketball. But the thing I remember the most is her smile and the way she approached people with disabilities and people that weren’t able to give her anything back.

Chris Giffin, basketball coach at Lawrence North High School (in Indianapolis, IN) where Hankins played high school basketball

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