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2 Former Big East Basketball Players Have Reportedly Died Of Coronavirus

A shot of the court at Madison Square Garden before a Big East Tournament game.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 12: A general view of the arena before the first half between the St. John's Red Storm and the Creighton Bluejays during the quarterfinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2020 in New York City. Games will be played without fans amid growing concern over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

A pair of former Big East basketball guards have reportedly both passed away after contracting and battling coronavirus.

Lee Green, who played at St. John's from 1991-94 and Dave Edwards, who began his college career at Georgetown before transferring to Texas A&M, died on Monday according to multiple reports. Both men appear to have been in their 40s.

Ron Linfonte, the Director of Sports Medicine, shared news of Green's passing on Twitter. A high school All-American, Green was a member of a pair of NCAA Tournament teams while at SJU.

"A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams," Linfonte wrote. "A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents."

Edwards, a star point guard out of New York City, played at Georgetown during the 1989-90 season. He was a key bench contributor for the Hoyas, but ultimately wound up transferring to Texas A&M, where he became an All-Southwest Conference performer. Stacey Davis of NYCHoops and Norfolk State head coach Robert Jones each tweeted that Edwards succumbed to COVID-19.

The deaths of Green and Edwards are harsh reminders of how horrific this disease is. Everyone please stay safe.

Rest in peace to these two men and we wish for support and comfort for their friends and families.