Bentley University Basketball Player Collapses, Dies

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV

WATERTOWN (CBS) – He was just 19 years old and a rising star at Bentley University.

Joey Glynn of Abington collapsed and died while playing in a summer league in Watertown Monday night.

He had been a standout athlete at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton where he graduated from last year.

Flags at the school were at half-staff today.

“Joey is a very humble person, very competitive kid, but he wasn’t like an in-your-face kind of athlete,” said high school teammate Rory Donovan, a junior at Cardinal Spellman. “He was very classy when he played the game.”

Before heading off to Bentley, where he played basketball, he had been captain of his high school basketball and football teams. He also played on the baseball team.

His teammates looked up to him as a big brother. He scored 1,425 points during his high school basketball career. He was also the school’s Male Athlete of 2012.

But he was also a good student and a gentleman.

“If you had a daughter he’s what you wanted your daughter to bring home at the end of the day if she was going to settle down,” said Cardinal Spellman basketball coach Michael Perry.

At a weekly prayer service Tuesday night at Holy Ghost Church in Whitman where Joey was a regular participant, he was honored by parishioners.

Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson released a statement Tuesday which said in part, “Our deepest sympathies go out to Joey’s family, friends, classmates, teammates and professors as they struggle to comprehend the sudden loss of such a vibrant young life.”

The young man leaves behind his parents and four sisters.

“He was a great athlete but he was maybe even a greater person,” said Perry.


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