‘Everybody desired Mikey.’ Basketball star dies in automobile collision Saturday. Community mourns
August 11, 2018 - Basketballs
A former Mecklenburg County high propagandize basketball star was killed in a bicycle collision early Saturday morning, and a internal basketball village is stunned.
Mikey Maddox, who played during Rocky River High School and during Vance, was 18. He was hit on Old Concord Road in northeast Charlotte around 1 a.m. Maddox was conspicuous passed during a scene.
Maddox played transport basketball in a summer of 2017 for Team United, a Nike dependent program, and before that he played for Team Charlotte, that plays on a Under Armour circuit. Both programs are locally based.
Maddox is a second internal actor to die in a past 4 months. In May, a actor during Charlotte’s Liberty Heights School, James Hampton, collapsed and died while personification for Team United’s summer transport group during a tourament in Virginia.
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“I kept asking, ‘Is this true. Is this true,’” pronounced Jermaine Walker, who coached Maddox during Rocky River. “This child was desired by his peers. There are kids that I’ve coached and worked with that we haven’t seen in awhile and they are job me. It’s extraordinary how many he was loved.”
Walker was defunct Saturday when his phone stage during 2 a.m. It was a mom of a actor he had coached during Kennedy Charter. Her son was good friends with Maddox. She attempted to tell him a news.
Walker answered though fell behind defunct before he could routine anything.
His phone stage again.
“I couldn’t go behind to bed,” Walker pronounced after Saturday morning. “I’ve not been behind to sleep. Maybe an hour later, all my players started calling.”
Maddox averaged 11 points and dual assists as a youth during Rocky River in a 2016-17 season. He got an offer from Southern Mississippi while he played there, Walker said.
Walker pronounced Maddox was one of a many jaunty players he’d ever seen.
“As distant as pristine talent,” he said, “not basketball, though pristine athleticism, I’ve never seen anything like it. He played above a rim. He had quickness. He could do flips but regulating his hands. I’ve not coached anyone with that form of athleticism for his size. He was very, really gifted.”
Walker left Rocky River before a 2017-18 propagandize year, and Maddox also left. Walker pronounced he eliminated to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA. Walker pronounced he left Hargrave in midseason and eliminated to a propagandize in Houston, TX.
Jeff McInnis, a former UNC and NBA indicate guard, coached Maddox in a past on his Team Charlotte transport teams.
McInnis pronounced several colleges were in hold with Maddox and checking his educational progress. Maddox, he said, was going to do a prep propagandize year during Liberty Heights and afterwards play college basketball in a 2019-20 season.
“He played for Team Charlotte for a integrate of years and it didn’t work out,” McInnis said. “We stayed in strike and talked each month. we was perplexing to assistance him get by life. Man, he had gotten on a right track. That’s a saddest partial in all of this. He was doing so good, and to get strike by a car.”
McInnis’ voice trailed off, afterwards he continued, observant Maddox played for a Juice All-Stars transport group final summer.
Like Walker, McInnis pronounced “everybody desired Mikey.”
Walker pronounced Maddox will be deeply missed.
“He lived with me, off and on,” Walker said, “and for me, it’s always bigger than basketball. we wanted a child to be a prolific citizen. I’ve been meditative all morning and not one suspicion has been about basketball. My biggest request is that he found God. That’s what I’ve been meditative about, about God.”
A “hoop session” will be hold Saturday during 1 p.m. during Reedy Creek Park for friends to gather, and a balloon recover will be hold Sunday during 6 p.m., also during Reedy Creek.
Social media was full of tributes to Maddox from friends. A sampling.