U of L Favorites Honor Marvin Stone

Remember Taquan Dean, Junior Mohammed, Joshua Tinch, Larry O’Bannon, and Bryant Northern? Seems like eons  since these guys played for the University of Louisville basketball team. louisvillebball01

They’re all back in town this weekend and will be competing as Team Stone in the 15th annual Kentuckiana Pro-Am Basketball Tournament through Sunday in at Nolan Fieldhouse in Sellersburg.Ind., just a few miles across the river from Downtown Louisville.

Coach Ellis Myles named the team in honor of Marvin Stone, who played one season for U of L after transferring from the University of Kentucky in 2002. He died April1, 2008, of a heart attack after collapsing at halftime of a game in Saudi Arabia. He was 26 years old.

“His name just came out and hit me,” Myles told the Courier-Journal. “It’s something I should do. I didn’t have another name I would go with. It was a sense that maybe he’s thinking about me. I don’t even remember how he came up. It’s been a year since he’s passed away. Marvin and I had a great relationship. Marvin was a fun, lovable guy.”

This tournament also serves as a reunion. Many of the members of Team Stone are playing professionally around the world — Spain, France, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and Israel. The summer is usually the only time when they’re all together.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “U of L Favorites Honor Marvin Stone

  • June 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Do you have any particulars about the gym location and game times? Or do you know where we might be able to obtain further info? I live near Sellersburg and might like to attend. Thanks.

    • June 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

      Kenny Klein says Nolan Fieldhouse. He didn’t have the times. The way these tournaments usually go, they play a couple of games on Friday, two or three on Saturday, and maybe a couple on Sunday.

  • June 27, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I am the assistant manager @ Nolan’s. Team Stone plays @ Noon Saturday and with (what should be based on their team) a win, they play @ 5.

  • June 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Team Stone lost Saturday night in the Winners bracket Semi’s. No Call/No showed Sunday. Great way to honor your fallen teammate 🙁

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