Tragic news surfaced in the college basketball world on Thursday afternoon, with reports that Dayton big man Steve McElvene passed away earlier in the day. NBC Sports confirmed the news with the Allen County (Ind.) coroner’s office.
After learning of his passing, the university released a statement.
“We are devastated at this news. 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,” Dayton head coach Archie Miller said.
“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.”
The investigation into McElvene’s death is ongoing and no information on a potential cause has been confirmed.
Last season during his freshman year with Dayton, McElvene averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Our deepest condolences go out to Steve McElvene’s family and all of his friends.
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