Eboniey Jeter : UNT Women’s Basketball Player Found Dead

Updated: May 6, 2015
Eboniey Jeter : UNT Women's Basketball Player Found Dead

Eboniey Jeter, a student and basketball player for the University of North Texas was found dead in her dorm room Tuesday morning.

Jeter was 21.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that no foul play was suspected and the cause of her death is still pending.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the passing of Eboniey Jeter,” UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal said in a prepared statement. “She was a great young lady and a tremendous competitor, but most of all she was a trusted teammate on the women’s basketball team and a respected member of the Mean Green family. As we deal with this loss, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Eboniey’s family, relatives and friends. North Texas won’t be the same without her as we have lost a friend and loved one.”
Jeter averaged 5.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a redshirt sophomore last season.

Jeter was majoring in psychology.

As a Lady Knight, Jeter earned all-state honors. She averaged 13.9 points and 16 rebounds per game as a junior. In her senior season in 2012, she helped lead Heights to its first district championship.

“This is just a very sad day for Harker Heights basketball,” Knights boys head basketball coach Celneque Bobbitt said. “She was a floor general for Harker Heights. She was always in the gym working on her craft. I thought very, very highly of her.”

Lady Knights head coach Shirretha Nelson was unavailable for comment.
Jeter started 21 of UNT’s 29 games last season and scored in double figures six times.

Jeter, a 6-0 forward, scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a loss to Northern Colorado in the second game of the season. Both totals were season highs.

Venegas said that new UNT women’s basketball coach Jalie Mitchell would not be available for comment on Tuesday; she was grieving privately with her players.

A UNT athletic department spokesman said Mitchell was expected to be available for comment later today.

The team plans on holding a vigil at a later date, a UNT spokeswoman said.