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Kenyon Jones, 27; played basketball in college, Europe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenyon Jones, a college basketball star in the Bay Area who went on to a professional career in Europe, has died. He was 27.

A spokesman for the University of San Francisco, where Mr. Jones was the most valuable player of the West Coast Conference in 1999-00, said Mr. Jones died Thursday at his family home in Atlanta. School spokesman Pete Simon didn't know the cause of death, but Eurobasket.com reported that Mr. Jones died of a heart attack.

Mr. Jones, a 6-foot-10-inch forward-center, played his first three college seasons at the University of California, Berkeley, averaging 6 points and 3.7 rebounds as a junior. After transferring to the University of San Francisco, he was chosen as the WCC's top player while averaging 16.5 points and 9 rebounds for the Dons.

Mr. Jones played for two teams in Greece's top league during the past four seasons.

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