Friday , Apr , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Alabama State Player Dies After Scrimmage

Alabama State basketball player Deshean Porchea collapsed and died after playing in a pickup game on campus.

The 19-year-old sophomore passed out Wednesday afternoon after walking off the court and never regained consciousness, the university said.

University spokeswoman Janel Bell said an autopsy was being performed Thursday to try to determine the cause of death. Alabama State planned a candlelight vigil Thurdsay "He was just a good all-around kid," said ASU coach Lewis Jackson, who heard the news while on a recruiting trip in Florida. "He played with a contagious fire that carried over to his teammates. He was a good person. It is a great loss to our team and our university." [USA Today]