Former Florida Gators basketball great Dwayne Schintzius has died at the age of 43. Schintzius – who also played in the NBA for eight seasons – died on Sunday from respiratory failure following his more than two-year battle with leukemia. He has received a bone marrow transplant as part of the treatment for chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, but had battled complications recently.
Schintzius was part of the Gators first three NCAA Tournament teams and during his time at Florida became the only player in SEC history with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 blocks and 250 assists. He was an All-American in 1989. Following his college career, Schintzius was drafted in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs who took the 7’2″ center with the 24th pick. Schintzius would play for the Spurs and five other NBA teams from 1990 to 1999.
Schintzius originally underwent a bone marrow transplant in January 2010. The surgery was considered a success and in July 2010 he was thought to be free of the cancer. Earlier this year, complications began and another transplant was required. On Sunday, Schintzius lost his battle with the horrible disease.
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the former Gator. Rest in peace Dwayne.