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Monday, January 7, 2013 - 6:00am

Coaches Remember 7th-Grade Basketball Player

A 12-year-old basketball player from Buford who collapsed at a game and died Saturday night is being remembered by coaches as a great kid.

Coach Byron Larrieu said seventh-grader Jeremy Nelson was pulled from the Gwinnett Basketball League all-star game to get some rest and a few seconds later he began having problems. He was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he died.

Larrieu said the 6-foot player was "a phenomenal kid with a great sense of humor." Former coach DeMarcus Irons said Nelson represented everything good about kids in the league.

Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby said Nelson was an excellent student athlete at Buford Middle School and had a presence in the hallways and on the court.