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High School Basketball Star Dies In Skateboarding Accident

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(FOX 11 / FOX Sports) Nnamdi Okongwu, who helped Chino Hills High School reach a state championship game, died Wednesday from a head injury suffered in a skateboarding accident Tuesday, his coach Steve Baik told the local newspaper media.

According to the report, Okongwu, a 6-foot-9 center who would have been a senior this fall, was considered a Pac-12 prospect.

"He was a big presence as a basketball player and an even bigger presence as a person," Baik told the Daily Bulletin. "We're all going to miss him tremendously. It's kind of staggering to think about right now."

The Daily bulletin said Okongwu was a major factor in helping Chino Hills go to the open division CIF championship game in March, where the school lost to nationally ranked No. 1 Mater Dei. The Huskies also reached the state Division I playoffs South Region championship game, losing to Corona Centennial.

Okongwu was an honorable mention All-Inland Valley selection.

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