July 25, 2016
CHICAGO - Jonathan Mills, a member of the 2016 Champaign Swarm, has died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in his hometown of Chicago earlier this afternoon.
"Our prayers are with his family and young child," said Kevin Applebee, general manager for the Swarm. "All the Champaign Swarm staff and team will miss his passionate spirit on the court and in life, his aggressive style on the court and the motivation he inspired in his teammates will be missed."
A Chicago Sun-Times report states the 26-year-old was shot multiple times in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt at 1:27 p.m.
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jonathan," said MPBA Commissioner Ed Schumer. "He was a great player and well-regarded by teammates and coaches. I personally found him to be extremely professional and likeable. He will be missed."
In eight games with the Swarm in 2016, Mills averaged 14.5 points and 10.1 rebounds. Mills had just finished competing in The Basketball Tournament, a national $2 million winner-take-all tournament, for the Illinois Hoopville Warriors. In 2008, Mills led North Lawndale High School to an Illinois High School Association Class 2A state championship.