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Former Gator basketball standout dies from leukemia

By on April 16th, 2012

Standing at seven-feet-two, former Florida Gator Basketball star Dwayne Schintzius was a standout on and off the court. Through the high and lows of his career at Florida, Schintzius helped lead the Gators to their first three appearances in the NCAA tournament. Schintzius passed away from complications of leukemia Sunday afternoon at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. He was 43. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich spoke with Former Gator Basketball Player and current Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida’s Gator basketball analyst and a partner in the firm of Koss-Olinger Financial Group, Bill Koss, who says he was a player who many misunderstood.

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Schintzius went on to have a 9-year career in the NBA, playing for teams like the San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics.

 


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