By Steve MillerThe Butler NewsEditor’s note: This story was originally published in April, 2019.
It has been updated to include additional information.
The University of Texas at Austin is making changes to its basketball team after a star guard from the basketball program died from complications related to a heart condition.
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The student-athlete was a 6-foot-11 guard who scored 18 points in 18 minutes in the team’s 68-64 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
He was in good spirits, and had a pulse and appeared to be breathing normally, UTSA athletic director Dan McCarron said.
The student-of-science was hospitalized Monday with a serious condition and died on Monday afternoon.
His death is being investigated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.UTSA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team will “continue to work closely with our students and families.”
“This is an important time for our basketball team, for our school, for UTSA and our entire community,” he said in a statement.
“It is a tragic and unfortunate situation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young man.
We are working with our athletic department to support their grieving process and the UTSA family and our community.”
McCarron said the student-academic program will be updated in the coming days.
“As part of our investigation, we will be working with the medical examiner and other partners to gather additional information,” he wrote.
The UTSA athletics department has made no announcements about the death, which has not been ruled a homicide, and the team has not yet released a statement regarding the student’s death.