LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- He was already six feet tall at only 12-years-old. But Jeremy Nelson's father Herbert said he didn't necessarily want his son focused on basketball alone.
"He told me once he wanted to be a basketball player," Nelson said. "I told him never want to be a basketball player; you want to be something else, and if along the way your talents allow you the opportunity to go to college to become a professional, it's another ball game."
That attitude led Nelson's daughter to a full ride playing basketball for Notre Dame. Jeremy Nelson seemed to be on the same track, until he took a rest during an all star game in January. His father said he seemed like a perfectly healthy kid, and had even played three games already that day.
"He just kind of slid out of the chair, at that point that was one of the worst days of my life," Nelson said.
Jeremy was dead, it was sudden cardiac arrest.