Former Duke Captain Kills Self

Sad, sad news here in Manhattan. Former Duke team captain, Tom Emma, jumped to his death this afternoon.

From the NY Daily News:

Tom Emma, 49, jumped from atop the New York Athletic Club at 180 Central Park South shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Police found his body on the second-story landing of the Jumeirah Essex House next door. He was dead, cops said.

Emma isn’t the biggest name among the Duke alumni, but he was a team captain in 1983, his senior year. He was originally recruited by Bill Foster, but he played three seasons under Mike Krzyzewski. He was teammates with Johnny Dawkins, David Henderson and Jay Bilas.

Despite only starting 21 games during his junior season, Emma can be found on Duke’s all-time stat sheet. He’s currently top-25 in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, while his 84-percent free throw percentage is third all-time behind only J.J. Redick and Trajan Langdon.

After graduating, he was drafted #210 overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1983.  He never played though.

After his basketball days were over, the game was never far away. He was the president of Power Performance, Inc., a company that “specializes in training athletes in strength, conditioning, and performance-enhancement techniques.

He was also an author, writing, “Peak Performance Training For Basketball: a sensible guide to hoops strength and conditioning” that featured Duke’s Shane Battier on the cover.

Sucks it had to end this way. You’ll be missed Tom.

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