Kobe played for Downer from 1992 to 1996 before going directly to the NBA.
Kobe later came back to the school in 2010 where the school named their gym after him.
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"Yesterday I lost my hero," said Coach Downer one day after his former player was killed in a helicopter crash. Eight others, including Kobe's daughter, were also killed.
Read Coach Downer's full statement below: