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
• 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 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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