'This one really hurts': Alabama basketball manager Charlie Wilson dies at 20
Alabama basketball manager Charlie Wilson has died, the program announced Wednesday. He was 20.
On Monday afternoon, he died from a fall during a seizure, something he has dealt with throughout his life, his father, Charles Wilson said.
"Unfortunately he was by himself and we couldn't get to him in time," his father said. "It was his time to go be a manager for the Lord."
Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats, in Miramar Beach, Florida, for the SEC spring meetings, praised Wilson, who became a manager for UA this past season.
"He brought a ton of energy to the program," Oats said. "He worked really hard. He was in it to serve the players and make the program better."
Wilson was a Pickens Academy graduate from Aliceville. He was pursuing a degree in communications at Alabama and wanted to be a sports journalist or broadcaster.
The players showed their love for Wilson on social media. Past and current players such as Jaden Shackelford, Nimari Burnett, Charles Bediako and many others posted in honor of Wilson.
"RIP my guy," Burnett wrote on his Instagram story.
"RIP Dubbs," Shackelford posted.
"Gone too soon," Bediako wrote. "R.I.P. brother"
Assistant coach Bryan Hodgson tweeted about Wilson.
"This one really hurts," Hodgson wrote. "Lost my buddy. A guy that made everyone smile and brightened every room he walked into ... Rest In Peace "Dubbs" we will miss you brother. Cold Mickey's are going to hit a little different from now on."
Wilson came to an Alabama camp as a child, Oats said, building a relationship with assistant coach Antoine Pettway at a young age.
"Alabama basketball meant a lot to him," Oats said. "He meant a lot to us. Really sad for us to hear of his passing. A really unfortunate circumstance. Condolences to his family. Tough deal. After (super fan Luke Ratliff died in April 2021) and now him, it's just kind of back-to-back years now. It's hard."
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly