HBU Mourns Passing of Men’s Basketball Player

Houston Baptist University (HBU) mourns the passing of HBU men’s basketball player, Darius Lee, who tragically lost his life after being shot at a gathering in his hometown of Harlem, New York.

A talented player, Lee was recently named HBU Robbie Robertson Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He was also a second-team All-Southland Conference selection for the 2021-22 season and led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding and was sixth in the nation in steals per game.

“The loss of anyone in the HBU family is a cause for grief, but it’s especially painful when we see the death of a student, particularly when so much promise is cut off in such a violent, senseless way. We offer our prayers for Darius’s family and closest friends,” said HBU President Robert Sloan.

Lee was slated to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in December.

James Sears Bryant Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ron Cottrell described Lee as “a remarkable young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his family, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family.”

“We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister and his entire family, and for our basketball team. The only thing we find comfort in right now is knowing where Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we know that as fact. And we will see him again someday,” said Coach Cottrell.

HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci extended his prayers to Lee’s family and all those that knew the gifted player.

“Our prayers are with his family first and most importantly, but also with his friends, coaches, and teammates. He was a very fine young man who had a very bright future in front of him both on and off the court. This is unfortunately, yet again, another example of the senseless gun violence that seems to be plaguing our country right now and we all pray it will cease,” said HBU Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci.

The HBU Family’s hearts and prayers go out to Lee’s family in his tragic passing.