Former St. John's Guard Lee Green Dead From Coronavirus

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The coronavirus outbreak on Monday claimed the life of former St. John’s basketball player Lee Green. He was 49.

Ron Linfonte, St. John’s director of sports medicine and longtime head trainer, broke the news on Twitter on Monday night.

It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee---- #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU

— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020

A Parade All-American at Tolentine High School in the Bronx, Lee played for St. John’s from 1991-94. He was a member of two NCAA tournaments, including legendary coach Lou Carnesecca’s final season in 1991-92.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 2.3 points per game over his three-year career.

“Lee was our warrior on those teams,” Linfonte wrote. “A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents.”

Green grew up wanting to play for St. John’s and remained a Red Storm fan well after his playing days were over, attending a game as recently as January, according to the New York Post.Green was a retired police officer in Brooklyn and DJ’ed using the name “El Dorado.” He wasn’t believed to have any pre-existing conditions and contracted COVID-19 while DJ’ing an event, the Post reported.

Former Texas A&M standout David Edwards, a Queens native, also has died of the coronavirus in the city, his alma mater confirmed. Edwards played for the Aggies from 1991-94 and still holds the school's single-season assists record. He played at the now-defunct Andrew Jackson High School and started his college career at Georgetown.

New York City has had more than 13,000 coronavirus cases, 125 resulting in deaths.