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 â€” Spain, France, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and Israel. The summer is usually the only time when they’re all together.