Steve McElvene, University of Dayton Basketball Player, Dies at 20

Center collapsed at his family’s home Thursday

Last Updated: May 12, 2016 @ 1:06 PM

University of Dayton basketball player Steve McElvene has died after collapsing in his family home on Thursday. He was 20 years old.

The cause of death is believed to be an enlarged heart, but the investigation is ongoing and autopsy results from the Allen County, Indiana, coroner are pending.

Glenn Marini, sports director at the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, confirmed McElvene’s death via Twitter at 11.24 a.m. ET.

Dayton basketball’s head coach Archie Miller released a statement after the tragic news broke, saying, “We are devastated at this news … it’s hard to put into words how painful it is.”

The 6-foot-11 center from Indiana’s New Haven High School had been at UD for two seasons. He sat out the 2014-15 season as a NCAA partial qualifier, but practiced with the team all season, according to the Dayton Daily News.

During his first season on the court last year, McElvene set a University of Dayton record for blocks with 55 and averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.


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