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 WJHG.com.
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."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of @Cajunbasketball signee Herman Williams who passed away earlier today in Florida.— UL Ragin' Cajuns (@ULRaginCajuns) June 21, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family this evening. RIP Herman Williams. Great player, even better person.— RaginCajunBasketball (@Cajunbasketball) June 21, 2016
As Monday night turned to Tuesday morning, tributes continued to flow in from around the Florida basketball community.
Chipola Nation sends their deepest condolences to the Herman Williams family. A great young man who loved the game has left us. RIP Herman.— Chipola Men's BBall (@ChipolaHoops) June 21, 2016
Beyond crushed of the news of our brother Herman Williams passing. Words cant describe how much he meant to us. OTWE pic.twitter.com/1W6Wn79esz— Team Breakdown (@TeamBreakdown) June 21, 2016
Our prayers are with Herman Williams' family and friends...he was a phenomenal player and an even better young man. He will be missed.— Prep Hoops Florida (@prephoopsfl) June 21, 2016
Wow at a complete lost for word. Herman was an exceptional basketball player and a much better person. Prayers for that family— Glen Mayo (@g_mayo850) June 21, 2016
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.