Former Trinity Catholic standout Chris Uhle was in Atlanta preparing to open a new chapter in his life and begin his career as a professional basketball player. Uhle had been invited to play for the Saitama Broncos, a pro team in Japan.
But on Wednesday morning, just two weeks before he was set to head out overseas, Uhle’s life tragically came to an end as he died suddenly at the age of 22.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center, who played four seasons at Rollins College, graduated as the Tars’ all-time leader in blocked shots, with 150, while starting 50 games over the course of his college career. He made first-team all-county during his senior season at Trinity in 2011 after transferring from The Villages following his freshman year.
“I have known Chris since he was a freshman in high school, he was a very kind individual and I never heard a negative thing about him,” Trinity Catholic head coach Matt Greathouse said. He coached at The Villages while Uhle was a freshman, and the two remained close throughout Uhle’s high school years.
“We are all in shock right now; we are all having a tough time handling it,” Rollins College head coach Tom Klusman said. “Chris was one of the most likeable, nicest people you would ever want to meet. The first time I met him I loved him, and … I still love him. We thought so highly of him, not only as a basketball player — he was a really good basketball player — but as a person. … He was just unbelievable.”
The cause of death has not been officially announced but, according to Klusman, it was a heart attack.
“I’m just getting bits and pieces right now, and from what I know, he had cardiac arrest,” Klusman said.