CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The younger brother
of Arizona State senior forward Aubree Johnson died from an
enlarged heart while in St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam tournament,
the medical examiner said Monday.
Fifteen-year-old Jordan Johnson died in his sleep either late
Friday or early Saturday after traveling to St. Thomas with his
parents to watch Aubree play. Medical examiner Michelle DuPre, who
performed the autopsy Monday, said the heart condition could have
been genetic and likely was not diagnosed.
DuPre said toxicology results were "completely negative."
The No. 14 Sun Devils were supposed to face No. 18 Rutgers on
Saturday night, but Arizona State pulled out hours before the
scheduled tipoff because of the death.
Because of the NCAA's "catastrophic event" rule, neither team
will be given a loss for the missed game. Rutgers could have forced
Arizona State to forfeit by taking the floor at game time, but the
Scarlet Knights stayed away from the arena Saturday, said Craig
Jonas, a spokesman for the tournament organizer.
A moment of silence was held before the start of the
tournament's other game Saturday, a 95-86 win by Auburn over
Johnson, a power forward from Post Falls, Idaho, earned Pac-10
All-Academic second-team honors the past two years.