Hawaii men’s basketball: Ex-player Jaaron Stallworth reported dead

Jaaron Stallworth was reported dead by the Sacramento Bee this week. / 2017 Star-Advertiser file photo by Jamm Aquino

Some stunning news infiltrated the Hawaii basketball community on Monday, as former Rainbow Warriors guard Jaaron Stallworth was reported dead. The Hawaii basketball Twitter page sent out condolences for the Stallworth family “during this difficult time.”

Stallworth, who transferred to Hawaii out of Yuba College for the 2017-18 season, was to compete at point guard. But he was coming off a broken leg injury playing for Yuba and was behind the curve, considerably, upon arrival at UH as he competed against Brocke Stepteau and Drew Buggs for playing time. He appeared in the 2017 Green and White scrimmage and in a preseason exhibition, but in no official games and quit the team a few games into the season, and that was apparently the end of his basketball career.

Sacramento Bee reporter Joe Davidson reported that Stallworth had “some sort of train mishap.”

Buggs tweeted out a tribute for Stallworth early in the afternoon.

His junior college, Yuba, expressed sorrow.

My personal interactions with Stallworth as the then-UH beat writer were over a fairly brief period of time, but he seemed like an honest, earnest sort, if a bit frustrated about his present circumstances coming off a tough injury.

Had he stuck it out all the way through at UH, he would’ve been a senior in the upcoming 2019-20 season.

There is a GoFundMe page for Stallworth. Some tributes for him were compiled here.

His cousin, Drake Stallworth, is still a member of the UH football team.

Stallworth had apparently been having a rough go of things, running afoul of the law in January.

Here’s one of the last posts from his Twitter page: