Monday, April 16, 2007

LaRon Cephas Dies

Sad news to report today: LaRon Cephas (1997-2001) died of a seizure this morning. He was 29 years old, and had been working as the program director and athletic director at the Bates Boys and Girls Club in Annapolis. LaRon played 3 1/2 years of pro basketball in Europe after leaving Maryland, including teams in Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

From the Baltimore Sun (click for the full article):

Former Maryland basketball forward LaRon Cephas died today, according to a school spokesman and a news release from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, where Cephas worked.

Cephas, 29, collapsed while getting ready to go to work, according to his high school coach, Stan Waterman.

Ed Kelley, who worked with Cephas at the clubs, said employees who went to Anne Arundel Medical Center today morning were told Cephas died of a seizure. [...]

Cephas was a backup forward at Maryland from 1997- to 2001, and was on the Terps' first Final Four team as a senior. As a senior that year, Cephas played in just 14 games and averaged 4.4 minutes and 1.7 points, but he was a player coach Gary Williams always mentioned the team needed.

Mark Fratto, formerly the assistant director of athletic media relations who is now the associate athletic director for communications at St. John's University, said: , "LaRon was one of those guys who didn't play a lion's share of minutes, but everyone respected him because of his work ethic, his character and the things he brought to practice every day -- the intangible things you need to be a good teammate and to be a good leader on the team. He was definitely a good person."

After graduating with a degree in communications, Cephas played for 3 1/2 years in Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg. [...]

Cephas was the program director and athletic director of the Bates Boys & Girls Club since the end of last summer. He lived in Cape St. Claire.

More stories added on 4/17:
Washington Post
The Diamondback
Wilmington News Journal

(If you found this article page through a web search, be sure to check out Part II of this two part story.)

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