Louisville, Ky. (WAVE) – Ahmed Price died on July 30 in what his family is calling an accident.
He was only 22 years old.
A star at Fern Creek High School, he played his first year at Indiana University Southeast last year.
The whole community is saddened by his death.
“Louisville, Jeffersonville Indiana, New Albany, Beckley West Virginia, Robinson Illinois, everybody loved Ahmed. I was so proud of him. I’m still proud of him. So proud of him,” says Price’s father, Juan Price.
For people who watched Ahmed play, it was clear that he had talent.
“We went to a tournament in St. Louis and we came back from this tournament and I found an article that someone had written about him and I was like, ‘Are they talking about my son?’ And they are,” said Artie Mitchell, Price’s mother.
“5th grade. Yeah he stood up. He stood out right away,” said Lee Brons, one of Price’s coaches.
Brones was Price’s coach through high school. He says Price’s approach to the game gave him almost unlimited potential.
“He wanted to be the best. And he went out there and he proved it. He reached the highest level of college basketball, if he wanted to play this game for money he would have gone on and been able to,” Brones said.
After Price arrived in high school, Brones handed him over to coaches James Schooler and Carlos Mitchell at Fern Creek High School.
Prince helped the Tigers win back-to-back regional titles, the first in school history.
“Ahmed made everything possible. He was our champion. He was the backbone of the team. All the boys looked up to him,” Mitchell said.
“He’s a winning guy. I’ve seen him dive for balls and I’ve seen him open his face on the court to stand up and say he’s never going to let me lose,” Mitchell said.
After a couple of stops, Price ended up at Indiana University Southeast. In his first year he was named Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-Conference.
His younger brother Xavier was set to join him in the team next season.
“We’re talking about a national championship at IU Southeast this year,” Juan said.
But then tragedy struck. Ahmed died on July 30. The cause of death has not been released.
But the story of Ahmed Bele is not over.
“The legacy he left behind is more than anything he could have accomplished here with us. And it gives me motivation to know that we will be fine as a family,” said Juan Price Jr., Price’s older brother.
For all the accolades he earned on the court, his family and coaches say what he did off the court defined him as a person.
Things like putting together a coat drive and feeding the homeless, passing on their skills by training kids and starting their own business.
“In his 22 years, he’s done more in his life than most people do in their entire lives. So you can’t help but be grateful. If you ever meet Ahmed Price, you’ll know the feeling. You’ll never forget him,” Arti said.
“That’s Ahmed. He is that child. He is a champion. He is our champion. We have lost a champion,” said Carlos Mitchell.
Price’s family and coaches are making sure he is never forgotten.
“Now we have a camp in his name. And we’re ready to start a scholarship in his name,” Price Jr. said.
“We are going to dedicate this playground behind me to Ahmed. And we’re going to cover everything about Ahmed. #10 is very unique in black and orange,” Schooler said.
Although he is not here physically, his friends and family are still channeling his positive spirit.
“I refer to my brother as the light that moves through the chaos,” Price Jr. said.
“And in the famous words of Ahmed Price, ‘It’s not rain, mother. It’s liquid sunshine,'” Artie said.
The first ever Ahmed Price Basketball Camp is Sunday August 14th at the Delta Gym. They plan to have one every year. It is for 7 to 14 year olds.
Email [email protected] for more information.
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