Dayton’s Steve McElvene dead at 20 years old

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Dayton player Steve McElvene died Thursday morning, the Allen County (Ind.) coroner’s office confirmed to NBCSports.com.

He was 20 years old.

The coroner’s office said McElvene was pronounced dead at 11:19 a.m. The autopsy and investigation of death remain ongoing with the manner of death to be released at a later date.

The 6-foot-11 McElvene averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 boards as a freshman in 2015-16.

“We are devastated at this news. 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,” Dayton head coach Archie Miller said in a statement released by the school.

“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.”