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Louisiana-Lafayette commit Herman Williams passes away

The rising freshman was 19.

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Louisiana-Lafayette commit Herman Williams died Monday afternoon after collapsing during a workout near his home town in Jackson County, Florida.

He was taken to a local hospital but was unable to be revived.

The 19 year-old shooting guard was known as a standout all-around player and his high school coach, Matt Anderson, described him as a "high character" student athlete in a story from

One of his former coaches, Travis Blanton, added in a story from The Advertiser that "there’s nobody who didn’t like Herman."

The Ragin Cajuns tweeted out their support for Williams’ family Monday night and called him a "great player" and "even better person."

As Monday night turned to Tuesday morning, tributes continued to flow in from around the Florida basketball community.

Williams chose Louisiana-Lafayette over offers from bigger schools like South Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He was to be part of a five-person Louisiana Lafayette recruiting class for the upcoming season.

No cause of death has been officially determined.

UPDATE: Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Bob Marlin said in a press conference yesterday that Williams was set to begin summer session at ULL on July 5. He added that Williams was:

A very bright young man, a very bright future. He had a bounce in his step, he had a smile that was contagious and he loved the Ragin Cajuns. He was going to be a perfect compliment to our team as a person as well as a baseball player.