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Ex-Texas A&M star guard dies after battling virus

David Edwards, a guard for the Texas A&M basketball team in the early 1990s who still holds the school’s single-season record for total assists, has died of complications from the coronavirus.

A university official confirmed the news to The Dallas Morning News after Edwards’ former Aggies teammate, Charles Henderson, posted about it on social media earlier Monday.

“Never in a million years would I have even imagined my backcourt teammate would go before his time. I just got the news that Dave Edwards passed away. For those that have been praying for him, he is now in a better place.” Henderson wrote on Facebook.

“This coronavirus has hit me in the heart. Dave was one of the fiercest competitors and best point guards that I’ve ever met. Nearly unstoppable. Learned a how to become tough as nails competing against him everyday and shaking off adversity.”

A New Yorker, Edwards started his collegiate career at Georgetown before transferring to Texas A&M prior to the 1991-92 season. In 85 games for the Aggies, he averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds. As a senior, he led the formerly named Southwest Conference with 8.8 assists per game, and his 265 assists that season remain a school record.

A three-time all-SWC player, Edwards remains one of six players in Division 1 history to record a triple-double in consecutive games, doing so March 5 and 10, 1994.

In another coronavirus-related death of a former college player, ex-St. John’s guard Lee Green died after battling the virus, his former teammate, Lamont Middleton, told The New York Post on Monday. Green played for St. John’s from 1991-94, averaging 2.4 points.

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