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‘He Was An Inspiration’: 19-Year-Old Local Star Remembered Following On-Court Collapse

By By Samantha Pell, Washington Post; Courtesy photo/Casey Craig, 05/31/18, 11:15AM EDT


James Hampton, a 19-year-old basketball player from Washington, D.C. with an infectious smile and contagious laugh, did everything right, according to the people who knew him.

Growing up in the inner city, he was known for playing sports alongside a slew of friends at Beacon House, a Northeast D.C. education and youth development organization, or with the D.C. Owls, an elite basketball club. Known as “Jamo” or “Big Game James,” his jovial, laugh-out-loud attitude would take him to local gyms and AAU tournaments while transferring from high school to high school.