Social media flooded with condolences for McElvene

Dayton's Steve McElvene, bottom, dunks the ball as Syracuse's Tyler Roberson defends during the first half in a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Expressions of grief and condolences began filing social media Thursday after news of the death of UD Basketball player Steve McElvene using the hashtag #RIPBigSteve

McElvene was a bright spot on the  team in the 2015-16 season. The Dayton Flyers website lists him accomplishments from high school onward.

2015-16 (Redshirt- Freshman)
• Averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.
• Set Dayton’s single-season record for blocks with 55, passing Chris Wright.
• Tied the school record for blocks in a game with six against Saint Louis.
• Registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Alabama.
• Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 7, 2015
• Started 17 games and averaged 18.3 minutes per game.
• Best shooting percentage all-time by a UD freshman with 61.0% from the field (86-of-141).
• Second on the team with three double-doubles during the season.
• Sixth all-time for UD freshmen in rebounds (179)

2014-15 (Freshman)
• Practiced during the 2014-15 season, but was not able to play after being ruled as a partial qualifier by the NCAA.
• He will begin his four years of eligibility at the start of the 2015-16 season.

High School
• ESPN.com rated McElvene as the 40th best center and the ninth-best player in the state of Indiana for the class of 2014
• Chose Dayton over offers from teams in the ACC and Big 12
• Sat out the 2014-15 season as an academic redshirt
• Averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game as he helped New Haven High win their second consecutive Northeast Hoosier Conference Championship (2014)
• First-Team All-Conference (2014)
• Honorable Mention All-State (2014)
• Averaged 10 points and eight rebounds, but erupted in the post-season to lead New Haven to its first sectional championship since 1996 (2013)
• Had 39 points, 33 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots in two regional games

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