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Lombard native Urso passes away at 22

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Lombard native Urso passes away at 22

It was a sad day in the world of sports, as two deaths hit the professional landscape.

In the MLS, Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso was pronounced dead at an Ohio hospital at 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning. No cause of death was determined.

The 22-year-old was a native of Lombard, Ill. He had been sidelined since May with a groin injury.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Columbus Crew and Hunt Sports Group are with the Urso family in this time of need," the team said in a statement.

In the NFL, Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University Sunday morning.

"Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even tougher to process," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said in a press conference.

The NBCSPreps Top 50 Boys Basketball Players to Watch

The NBCSPreps Top 50 Boys Basketball Players to Watch

 

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 2 Whitney Young

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 2 Whitney Young

School:  Whitney Young

2016-17 record: 27-7, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 4A State Championship

Players to watch: The senior trio of Xavier Castaneda, Javon Freeman and Justin Boyd make up one of the best perimeter groups in the state this season. Castaneda, a USF commit, is one of the best point guards in the state, while Freeman, a Valparaiso commit, is one of the state's top slashers and scorers. Boyd, who was injured for part of last season, is a noted perimeter specialist who came up big in the state title game.

Why they're in the power rankings: Coming off of a Class 4A title last season, the Dolphins peaked at the right time when they were finally healthy. Losing Lucas Williamson will hurt but there might not be a better perimeter in the state then Castaneda, Freeman and Boyd. If the Dolphins get some of their younger pieces like Myles Baker and Tyler Beard to step up then they could have another solid chance at earning a championship.

Did you know? Whitney Young is the only team from Illinois rated in the USA Today's preseason national boys basketball rankings. The Dolphins come in at No. 23.