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Andre Emmett, former Texas Tech star and NBA player, shot to death

AP, AFP-JIJI

Former Texas Tech basketball standout Andre Emmett, the team’s all-time leading scorer, was shot to death early Monday near his home in Dallas.

Emmett, 37, was sitting in his vehicle outside his home at about 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by two people who displayed a handgun, police said. An altercation ensued and Emmett was shot as he ran away, police said.

Police said the suspects fled and a passer-by called 911 after finding Emmett several hundred feet from his home.

Emmett died at a hospital. Texas Tech spokesman Wes Bloomquist said a university administrator had spoken to Emmett’s family to confirm his death.

Emmett scored 2,256 career points from 2001 to 204 with the Red Raiders. He averaged 17.6 points per game.

After college, Emmett played one season each with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets and also played overseas (China, Lebanon, Mexico and Puerto Rico) and in the BIG3, a three-on-three summer circuit.

He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame last year.

Current head coach Chris Beard, who was an assistant to Bob Knight when Emmett played for the Red Raiders, said Emmett was “arguably the best player in program history and an even better person.”

Beard, who said he’d just talked to Emmett a few days ago, said Emmett had established a foundation in his hometown of Dallas to help kids.

In a statement BIG3 described Emmett as kind and easy-going, and said he was “a joy to be around.”

“The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett,” BIG3 founder Ice Cube said in a statement.

“Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around.”

Texas Tech’s basketball program posted condolences on Twitter, calling Emmett an “incredible person.”

“Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create,” the post said. “Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family.”

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