Wichita State recruit Alang-Ntang dies

Updated: April 17, 2007, 3:40 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Wichita State recruit Guy Alang-Ntang died Monday after collapsing during a pickup basketball game at a New Hampshire prep school. He was 19.

Alang-Ntang, a 6-foot-7 forward from Cameroon, was on the court, away from the action, when he apparently lost consciousness, according to a statement by his prep school, the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H. He was taken to a hospital in Plymouth, where he was pronounced dead.

His new coach at Wichita State, Gregg Marshall, was in the stands and witnessed the incident, according to multiple media reports.

Mark Turgeon, the coach who recruited Alang-Ntang to Wichita State before leaving for the vacancy at Texas A&M, said he was on a recruiting trip on Monday when he received a phone call from the player. He was calling to let Turgeon know he was about to meet Marshall.

"He was so excited when I talked to him," Turgeon said Tuesday. "It was the best conversation we had. I was pushing him hard to stay with Wichita State. He was so full of life. He had been guarded but he wasn't when we talked."

"It's so strange," Turgeon said. "He was playing so well. He was so full of life."

Alang-Ntang was expected to be a contributor as a freshman for the Shockers.

Wichita State issued a statement on its Web site, saying: "We are deeply saddened by Guy's tragic death. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Guy's family, friends, teammates, and coaches during this time of loss."

Alang-Ntang's death came hours after the bloody massacre at Virginia Tech, which claimed the lives of 33 people.

"What a terrible day," Turgeon said. "Just terrible."

Senior writer Andy Katz covers college basketball for ESPN.com.

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