Local hoops star Glynn dies suddenly

Former Cardinal Spellman basketball star and Bentley University freshman forward Joey Glynn died Monday night during a men’s league game in Watertown, Mass.

Glynn, 19, was playing with many of his former teammates from the Middlesex Magic AAU club, including program director and coach Mike Crotty Jr., when he suddenly collapsed at 7:25 p.m. Glynn was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Watertown Police Detective Michael Lawn.

The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is ongoing, Lawn said.

“I loved the kid, he was a great person,” Crotty said. “He was quiet until you got to know him, and then he was a funny kid with a great personality that everyone responded to. He was a great brother to all of his sisters, the kind of son you would want to have -- didn’t do anything wrong, did what he was asked. If I had a daughter someday, my hope is that she would meet a guy like Joey Glynn.

“He was one of the best, just a wonderful kid. As a player, nobody had more heart, nobody had a better motor, he shut up and played the game the way it was meant to be played. The great part of coaching kids when you’re young enough ... I’m a coach and a mentor in some ways, but then they become my friends, and Joey was a great friend.

“I wish could have played for a lot longer. He had such a bright future, such bright a life ahead of him. I don’t know what to say.”

Glynn, an Abington resident, started 16 games this past season for Bentley, averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes per game. He was named to ESPN Boston’s All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points.

“He was an outstanding athlete and an even better person,” Cardinal Spellman spokesman Nate Merritt told the Patriot Ledger. “He always represented Spellman better than we could have even asked. Putting this tragedy into words is virtually impossible.”

The school held a prayer service at 9 a.m. for Glynn.