EXPIRED: 10/25/09 – Kevin Widemond, 23, was a kid from Newark, New Jersey who found a way out of the hood. He was a business major at Texas A&M but basketball was his real love. Just last year he led Texas A&M with 84 three pointers, was second on the team in scoring and played in all 28 games. Prior to Texas he was a two-year starter at San Jacinto Junior College.
So it was pretty exciting when a real basketball team came calling. Even more exciting when that team was in Portugal. He joined Portugal’s Ovarense team in September.
Widemond had played 10 minutes in the third-place playoff game of the cup competition between his team, Ovarense, and Academica in Leiria, in northern Portugal.
The Portuguese basketball federation said Widemond collapsed in the locker room Sunday during halftime.
“He was sitting on a bench, listening with the others to what the coach was saying, when he just keeled over,” Ovarense sports director Jose Eduardo said. A doctor immediately began trying to resuscitate Widemond and those efforts continued in an ambulance and then at the hospital, where he underwent extensive medical tests.
The game was broken off at halftime with a score of 40-32, which was canceled following his death.