Former UT Tyler basketball player Josiah Summerville dies after battle with cancer


Former UT Tyler men’s basketball player Josiah Summerville passed away on Monday after a battle with spinal cancer. He was 26.

Current Bishop Gorman Men’s basketball coach Kevin Murray, a UT Tyler alumnus, tweeted about Summerville’s passing. 

UT Tyler Athletics Director Howard Patterson said in a statement:

“UT Tyler’s athletic department is saddened to learn Josiah Summerville has succumed to cancer this morning.  As a UT Tyler accounting graduate and four-year member of UT Tyler’s men’s basketball team, Josiah was well liked and respected on and off the court.  We pray for his family and loved ones.”

Summerville played for UT Tyler from 2012-2015 and was a heavy post-play contributor for the Patriots.

In his time on the team, he was part of teams that finished in the top two in the American Southwest Conference as well as reaching the conference semifinals.

Summerville was an East Texas native, attending Cayuga High School, and helping the Wildcats win the 2010 1A UIL boys state basketball championship before going to UT Tyler.

He was diagnosed with Metastatic Peripherals Nerve Sheath Tumors which is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the nerves and extends from the spinal cord into the body.

Summerville had been receiving treatment in Houston, but it had recently been discontinued due to its severity. 

A PayPal account has been set up to help the family with expenses. To donate, click here

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