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TIFTON -- An 18-year-old trying out for the Abraham Baldwin College basketball team collapsed and died at Gressette Gym Tuesday afternoon.

Maurice Collins, 18, from Houston, Texas, was involved in a tryout with other players when he collapsed around 4 p.m. Emergency Medical Service technicians were unable to revive Collins and he was transported to Tift Regional Medical Center. Collins officially died at 4:40 p.m. in the hospital's emergency room. The cause of death is unknown.

Tift County deputy coroner Mike Beaumont said Collins's body will be taken to the state medical examiner's office in Atlanta for autopsy today. Results of the autopsy.

ABAC Interim Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Tom Call said Collins was involved in a five-minute scrimmage in the gymnasium when he suddenly fell on the floor. Call said Collins had not enrolled at the college.

"Our thoughts are certainly with the family and friends of this young man at this time," ABAC President Mike Vollmer said.



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