Tracy McGrady and Tampa remember Desmond Allison

With the news tonight that former Kentucky basketball player Desmond Allison was shot and killed in Columbus, Ohio, former NBA star Tracy McGrady remembers his friend via twitter.

Reports from Columbus say Allison died after being shot in the chest earlier this afternoon.

McGrady also tweeted this picture of Allison from high school.

Allison played two seasons at UK under Tubby Smith. He averaged 4.7 points as a freshman in 1998-99 and 7.8 as a sophomore in 1999-2000. He left school after getting in trouble under the school’s no-tolerance alcohol policy. Allison played basketball at NAIA’s Martin Methodist in Tennessee, then football at South Dakota State. He ran afoul of the law several times.

Writes John Cotey of the St. Petersburg Times:

When he left Robinson, he did so as arguably the county’s best dual athlete ever. As a football player, he had 38 catches, 15 for touchdowns, and on the basketball court he averaged a triple double: 34.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 10 assists as a senior.

(Mike) DePue saw Allison last during the fall football season, when Allison stopped by to visit his former coach and the Knights.

“He was just Dez,” DePue said. “Happy go lucky and smiling. Man, this just beats you down when you see your children, when you see kids you helped raise die before you do. He was like one of my sons. I don’t know what else to say.”

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