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July 21, 2006

UGA Hoops Player Kevin Brophy Killed in Auto Accident

UGA Point Guard Kevin Brophy (Image

UPDATE 1/29/07:
The article below was written immediately after learning of Kevin's death. If you're finding this article now, it's because it's the #1 search result for "kevin brophy" on Google. For all Kevin Brophy related articles on this site click here.

The original blog about his death:

Thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin Brophy's family as well as the UGA basketball family. What a tragic loss. Story from the Georgiadogs web site:
ATHENS --- University of Georgia basketball player Kevin Brophy was killed in an automobile accident near Greensboro, Ga., late Thursday afternoon.

Brophy, a rising junior guard from Melbourne, Australia, was traveling from Athens to Savannah after participating in a basketball clinic at Stegeman Coliseum. He had attended Memorial Day School in Savannah as an exchange student, graduating in 2004.

“We are devastated by the loss of Kevin,” said Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton. “This is just very tragic. Kevin was a beloved teammate and a pillar of our program. We will miss his undeniable optimism, leadership and sincere friendship.

“My prayers are with Kevin and his parents and family with Australia. Our focus now is to do everything we can to support the Brophy family.”

Originally a walk-on for the Bulldogs, Brophy played in all 28 games as a freshman in 2005, starting in eight and averaging 3.8 points per game. His career scoring high of 19 points came that season in Georgia’s 68-59 victory over Vanderbilt.

Brophy was awarded an athletic scholarship before the 2006 season. He played in 18 games as a sophomore and averaged 0.9 points per game. He was one of seven team members to have remained in Athens throughout this summer.

“This is a shocking tragedy and we all have the deepest sympathy for Kevin’s family,” said UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “He was an outstanding young man and leaves a tremendous void in our basketball, Athletic Association, and University families.”
Chip Towers of the AJC did an exceptional job of explaining what happened based on the info available. The Athens Banner-Herald also puts a human face on things with John Kaltefleiter's story.

Damn Good Dawg. (Image: Georgia Sports Communications)



Dan said...

Heard about this on Mayhem while riding into work this morning. This is truly tragic and I'll keep this young man and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I took that road numerous times in undergrad at night, it's a miracle that more UGA students don't have fatal crashes. That road is awful.

Anonymous said...

Cardozo isn't the only one who feels that way. He was a great person, and will be missed. RIP Mr. Brophy, and prayers go out to his family, both blood-related and life-related.

Anonymous said...

I went to high school with Kevin he is a very outgoing guy we all will miss him greatly my prayes are with the brophy family.

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