Abdul Jeelani Rumors

Abdul Jeelani, the talented, but troubled local basketball standout who was inducted into the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, died Wednesday night at the age of 62. Jameel Ghuari, a friend of the family and former teammate of Jeelani’s at Park High School and UW-Parkside, confirmed Jeelani’s passing late Wednesday night. Jeelani passed away at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital. Jeelani, who was born Gary Cole Feb. 10, 1954 in Bells, Tennessee, was a 6-foot-8 forward. He graduated from Park High School in 1972 and went on to earn NAIA All-America honors at Parkside in 1975 and ‘76.