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Former College Basketball Star Dies At 47

The basketball hoop during the Pac-12 Tournament.

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The greatest player in Charlotte men's basketball history has passed away. He was only 47.

Henry Williams, who starred at Charlotte in the early 1990s, died on Tuesday.

The former guard was the 49ers' all-time leading scorer. He starred overseas in Italy for several years.

Here are the details, from the Charlotte Observer:

Henry Williams, the Charlotte 49ers’ all-time leading scorer who was once described as the “new king” of Italian basketball, died Tuesday. He was 47.

Williams, who was diagnosed in 2009 with kidney disease, played for the 49ers from 1989-92. A 6-foot-3 left-handed guard, Williams was an elegant yet tough player with a soft shooting touch. He averaged 20.2 points for the 49ers, setting a career scoring mark of 2,383, including 308 3-pointers. As a senior, he led the 49ers to the Metro Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

“We have lost a fine young man,” said Jeff Mullins, who coached Williams at Charlotte. “It wasn’t just the way he shot and played. You had to look at him as a total person. He was a leader, well spoken and did everything around campus. He was everything you looked for in a young man, who also happened to be a very good basketball player.”

Several people in the college basketball world are mourning today.

Rest in peace, Henry.