The University of Dayton center Steve McElvene has died suddenly at the age of 20, the school has confirmed. A cause of death has not yet been given.
“We are devastated at this news,” the Dayton coach Archie Miller said in a statement. “Any death is a tragedy, but for someone so young, who worked so hard to have his dreams within reach, it’s hard to put into words how painful this is. Our hearts and prayers go out to Steve’s family. My family, our team and our staff will have to pull together, not only in support of Steve’s family, but in support of each other at this terrible time.”
ESPN reported that McElvene was talking to a neighbor in his hometown of New Haven, Indiana, when he suddenly fell to the ground. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
The 6ft 11in McElvene played in the NCAA tournament earlier this year and also set a Dayton single-season record with 56 blocked shots.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Thursday 12th May 2016 22.36 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010