Former New Haven player and current Dayton player, Steve McElvene, has passed away at the age of 20. Prayers go out to his family.

Steve McElvene (1995 – 2016)

University of Dayton basketball player Steve McElvene died May 12, according to ESPN. He was 20.

McElvene collapsed at his home in New Haven, Indiana, according to a release from the school. An official cause of death was not immediately available. 

“We are devastated at this news,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said in the school’s release. “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.”

McElvene set a single-season record for Dayton with 56 blocks last season. The 6-foot-11 center averaged over six points per game along with over five rebounds in his first full season with Dayton. He had six points and six rebounds in the Flyers’ opening round loss to Syracuse in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bernadette McGlade, the commissioner of the Atlantic 10, said in a statement, “The entire Atlantic 10 family is heartbroken over the loss of Dayton’s Steve McElvene. He was an exceptional young man with a bright future, both on the basketball court and in life. A life cut short is tragic for all. The prayers, thoughts and support from the A-10 community go out to the University of Dayton, Flyer Men’s Basketball and most especially to Steve’s family.”

POSTED: 05/12/16 at 2:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits