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Heart attack claims life of former Clemson player Devin Gray


On Saturday it was learned that former Clemson basketball player Devin Gray passed away after suffering a heart attack in Atlanta, Ga. Gray, who grew up in Baltimore, was just 41 years old.

In four seasons as a Tiger Gray, who was Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year in 1991, scored 1,322 points and is still ranked in the top 20 in program history in both points (18th) and scoring average (14th; 14.1 ppg). Gray was a third team All-ACC selection in 1993-94 after leading the league in field goal percentage and averaging 14.4 points per game.

It was shortly after that season that Gray would experience heart issues, suffering a heart attack on the same night as the 1994 national title game between Arkansas and Duke.

Gray had suffered a heart attack while a student at Clemson on April 4, 1994, the night of the NCAA Championship game between Arkansas and Duke. Tests at the time showed that Gray’s heart attack was the result of excessive coagulation of the blood. He was put on medication and returned to the Clemson team for his senior year. He went on to play two years in the NBA, the 1996-97 season with Sacramento and San Antonio, and the 1999-00 season with Houston.

A native of Baltimore, MD, Gray came to Clemson out of St. Francis High School in 1991. He was part of the only recruiting class in Clemson history to produce three NBA players, as Sharone Wright and Chris Whitney were also part of that class.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Gray complained of chest pains Saturday afternoon after playing basketball in the morning. His cousin Zeke Marshall, who won Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year honors in 1990 and attended Cornell, was quoted as saying that Gray served as an inspirational figure to other Baltimore natives hoping to take the next step on the basketball court.

“Devin showed that a kid that people might think couldn’t make it to college could do it,” Marshall told the Sun. “He gave hope to Baltimore players that they could do it. We were fortunate in trying to make it out of the inner city. And he went out like any soldier would want to, doing what they do best.”

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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