Bentley F Joe Glynn collapses, dies

Updated: June 4, 2013, 12:53 PM ET
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WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Police say a Bentley University basketball player has died after collapsing at a men's recreational summer league game.

Joe Glynn, 19, was pronounced dead at Mount Auburn Hospital after collapsing at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Lt. Michael Lawn of the Watertown Police Department said.

Glynn, a former star and All-Scholastic player at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton, Mass., was playing with many of his former teammates from the Middlesex Magic AAU club, including program director and coach Mike Crotty Jr.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNJoey Glynn, with family after scoring his 1,000th high school point in 2011, was playing Monday with several ex-teammates when he fell to the court.

"I loved the kid, he was a great person," Crotty said. "He was quiet until you got to know him, and then he was a funny kid with a great personality that everyone responded to. He was a great brother to all of his sisters, the kind of son you would want to have -- didn't do anything wrong, did what he was asked. If I had a daughter someday, my hope is that she would meet a guy like Joey Glynn."

The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is ongoing, Lawn said. 

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Joey's family, friends, classmates, teammates and professors as they struggle to comprehend the sudden loss of such a vibrant young life," Bentley president Gloria Larson said in a statement. The university will schedule a memorial service in the future.

A teammate told the Boston Herald there was no physical contact with any other player before Glynn, a 6-foot-5 forward, collapsed.

"He was one of the best, just a wonderful kid," Crotty said. "As a player, nobody had more heart, nobody had a better motor. He shut up and played the game the way it was meant to be played. The great part of coaching kids when you're young enough … I'm a coach and a mentor in some ways, but then they become my friends, and Joey was a great friend.

"I wish he could have played for a lot longer. He had such a bright future, such a bright life ahead of him. I don't know what to say."

Glynn, an Abington resident, started 16 games this past season for Bentley, averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes per game. He was named to ESPN Boston's All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points.

A few hundred people attended a prayer service Monday morning at Cardinal Spellman.

"You hear about it two or three times a year, a kid collapses on a basketball court, but you never expect it to happen to someone like Joey Glynn," Cardinal Spellman spokesman Nate Merritt told ESPNBoston.com.

Merritt described the service as "emotional." It was led by Deacon Joseph Nickley, who was close to Glynn, and included a photo montage set to music in tribute to Glynn.

"It's hitting everybody pretty hard," Merritt said.

"I can't even fathom it. Joey has played a thousand games at this point in his life. You can't tell me he pushed himself more last night than he ever has," Merritt said.

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Brendan Hall and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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