Ga. prep player collapses, dies

Adam Smith

BUFORD, Ga. -- A Buford High School varsity basketball player died Sunday night after collapsing during a preseason practice session late last week.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Adam Smith, 16, was running during a Thursday afternoon workout when he told a teacher he wasn’t feeling well.

Moments later, the junior collapsed on the floor.

“They were doing pre-season running, cardiovascular work,” Buford High principal Dr. Banks Bitterman told the newspaper on Monday.

“One of my teachers who is also an assistant cross-country coach was also there, and he walked up to her and said, ‘I’m just not feeling any good,’ and he just collapsed,” Bitterman said.

The principal said that he and other school staff members performed CPR, including using an automated external defibrillator, until EMTs arrived.

“The EMT’s got there immediately, and within 10 seconds, they had him up on a gurney and we were going to the hospital,” Bitterman said.

Smith was rushed to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he died Sunday night.

Bitterman called Smith an “incredible young man.”

“It’s a tough situation,” Bitterman said.




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