Northwestern basketball player, Lawrence North grad Jordan Hankins found dead; ruled suicide

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EVANSTON, Ill. (WTHR) - Northwestern women's basketball player Jordan Hankins was found dead in her room at the university Monday. Her death has been ruled a suicide.

The university said in a statement that Hankins' body was found Monday afternoon. The statement from spokesman Carsten Parmenter said there is no indication of foul play or "any danger or threat to other members of the Northwestern community."

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Hankins died from suicide.

Women's basketball coach Joe McKeown is calling Jordan, a sophomore, a "remarkably dynamic young woman," adding her death is a "devastating loss for our basketball family. She brought an unwavering intensity and commitment to everything in her life. We will miss her enormously."

Hankins was recruited out of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, where she received Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Underclass All-State Honorable Mention in both 2013 and 2014.

"We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins. Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends. Jordan made a dramatic impact on our Wildcats community. Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her," said Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips.

Details for services will be forthcoming.



"The MSD of Lawrence Township and Lawrence North High School were shocked and saddened this evening to hear of the loss of graduate, Ms. Jordan Hankins. Jordan was a standout student in the Lawrence North High School Class of 2015 and a stellar member of the varsity girls basketball team," the school district said in a statement.

"Jordan was kind, loving, competitive, and most importantly, well-respected by our entire school family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends tonight," said Lawrence North High School Principal Brett Crousore,

Jordan Hankins at Lawrence North
Jordan Hankins at Lawrence North

Lawrence North varsity basketball coach Chris Giffin describes Jordan as, "a multi-faceted, compassionate, and extremely talented young woman. She was a wonderful student athlete and leader. Jordan had a huge heart and will be missed." He also said Hankins' compassion extended to the classroom, where she "spent countless hours" helping students with disabilities.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jordan and we ask that the privacy of those affected by this tragic loss be respected," the district continued.