Jibri Bryan, Mercer University Men's Basketball Player, Dies at Age 23

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2016

Mercer's Langston Hall and Jibri Bryan (34) walks off the court after the second half of an NCAA college basketball third-round tournament game against Tennessee , Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Raleigh. Tennessee Won 83-63. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Chuck Burton/Associated Press

Mercer University basketball player Jibri Bryan was killed in a shooting Tuesday, according to Joe Kovac Jr. of the Telegraph.

Kovac Jr. reported the shooting occurred in the parking lot of a convenience store in Macon, Georgia. Bryan was killed when he was shot in the head with a pistol, and another man—who Kovac Jr. noted was "possibly the gunman's cohortwas "critically wounded." 

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said the other person who was shot arrived in the same car as the shooter but found himself in the line of fire after walking behind the car Bryan was in at the time.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at what Kovac Jr. called "a well-traveled crossroads between the Mercer campus and downtown."

Bryan was a senior guard and a nominee for the 2016 Good Works Team, which recognizes student-athletes who serve their communities.

After Bryan's death, Mercer Basketball shared statements from university officials on Twitter:

Bryan appeared in only six games this season because of a knee injury, averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a night. As a junior, he started all 35 of the Bears' contests and posted 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He also played four minutes in Mercer's upset of No. 3 seed Duke in the 2014 NCAA tournament, recording three rebounds and an assist.

Mercer is 17-6 this season, including 7-3 in the Southern Conference.