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Former Florida Center Dwayne Schintzius Dies At 43

In some sad news, former Florida Gators center Dwayne Schintzius has passed away at the age of 43 due to complications from his battle with leukemia. The a 7'2" center played for the Gators from 1987-1990, helping lead Florida to its first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.

Schintzius was dealing with complications from his second bone marrow transplant his brother Travis told The Gainesville Sun.

Dwayne Schnitzius ranks fifth all-time scoring with 1,624 points for the Gators and remains the only player in SEC history with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots.

Schnitzius was a first-round draft pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs played nine years in the league including stints with the Spurs, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics.

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