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Andre Emmett (1982–2019), Texas Tech basketball legend

by Kirk Fox

Andre Emmett was a basketball legend at Texas Tech University. Playing under head coach Bobby Knight, Emmett was their second all-time leading scorer and an All-American selection in 2004. He was drafted No. 35 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics and traded to the Memphis Grizzlies but only played in a handful of NBA games. He then played internationally and recently was a star in the BIG3 league, finishing second in scoring last season.

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Died: Monday, September 23, 2019 (Who else died on September 23?)


Details of death: Died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound following an altercation outside his residence early Monday morning, according to Dallas police.

What they said about him: “The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett. Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around.” —The BIG# League

“In shock this morning. It always hurts a little more when bad things happen to good people like Andre Emmett.” —Ice Cube

“Former @TexasTechMBB star, @NBA player & Dallas legend, Andre Emmett, died today. Got to know him really well at @SMUBasketball Crum Center where he worked out in off-season. Very kind & friendly to all the ballers there. I am very, very sad right now. It hits hard. RIP, Dre.” —ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla

Full obituary: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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