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.”
It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU
— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
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.
RIP Dave Edwards 🙏🏻 “via Mike Dean-Unfortunately…. I've just been informed that Dave Edwards passed today.” https://t.co/aUWSTkUFh1
— Stacey Davis (@NYCHoopsnball) March 24, 2020
Rest In Peace to Queens basketball legend and a solid dude Dave Edwards ! Coronavirus is real !!!! STAY SAFE!!
— Robert Jones (@NSUCoachJones) March 24, 2020
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.