Deandre Hillman, 17, died in August of cardiac arrest.
He died on an outdoor basketball court in Columbus, Ohio, two games into a hot night, while friends poured water over him.
He was 6-foot-5, a varsity player at nearby Whitehall-Yearling High, with a chance to be very good.
There was something else about Deandre Hillman.
"He looked just like me," Laker forward Samaki Walker said Wednesday afternoon.
Hillman was Walker's nephew, his brother's oldest child. A basketball player, just like his uncle. A decent kid, trying to get better. And then he was gone, and so were the telephone calls, and the summer pickup games, and the laughs.
"I was his idol," Walker said quietly. "He loved his uncle. And, oh man, I loved him."
Doctors said Hillman suffered from electrical instability in his heart, and that his slight dehydration that night could have exacerbated that. Hillman's mother said he was born with a hole in the heart, but the autopsy found no evidence of it.