University of Dayton Basketball Player Steve McElvene Dies at 20

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By Ali Gostanian

A University of Dayton basketball player who set the school record for blocks in his sophomore season collapsed and died Thursday.

Steve McElvene, 20, collapsed in his hometown of New Haven, Indiana around 11 a.m. Thursday, WANE reported, citing "multiple coaches."

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McElvene's death came just days after he had visited his former high school to speak to academically at-risk teens, NBC affiliate WDTN reported.

“We are devastated at this news," Dayton Flyers head 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."

As a red-shirt freshman during the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-11 center averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. He also set Dayton’s single-season record for blocks with 55.

Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade described McElvene as "an exceptional young man with a bright future, both on the basketball court and in life."