University of Dayton basketball player Steve McElvene died Thursday at the age of 20, reports the Dayton Daily News.
The Allen County Coroners Office confirmed McElvene’s death. Genn Marini of WANE-TV reports that an enlarged heart was the cause of McElvene’s death.
“We are devastated at this news,” Dayton 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. 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 spent the past two years with the Flyers, but sat out for the 2014–15 season. Last season, the center set the program’s single-season blocks record with 55. He averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.