Former Grissom Basketball Standout Marvin Stone Dies at 27

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Former Grissom basketball standout Marvin Stone is dead after collapsing during halftime of a game in Saudi Arabia. He was 27, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said Stone died of an apparent heart attack.

Stone had signed a contract with Ittihad Jeddah earlier in the week and was playing in the team's Elite Cup semifinal game when he fell ill. Stone's agent, Hirant Manakian, said Stone was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Stone was a McDonald's and Parade All-American while playing for Grissom, where he was named Mr. Basketball in 1999.

He spent three seasons at Kentucky, where unhappy with his lack of playing time, he transferred to Louisville, where he averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots as a center for one season.

Stone's decision to leave the Wildcats and transfer to the rival Cardinals was initially met with resistance by then-Kentucky coach Tubby Smith. Stone enlisted an attorney to help fight for the transfer until Smith relented and granted Stone a release.

Stone then played professionally overseas and had recently completed the season with a team in Cyprus before signing a short-term contract with Ittihad Jeddah according to his attorney, Behrouz Rahmati.

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