The shocking news of Kobe Bryant’s death hit the St. Bonaventure basketball community hard.

“I’m sick to my stomach right now,” former Bonnie standout Dion Wright tweeted. “KOBE BEAN BRYANT meant so much to me as a kid growing up in LA, I use to try and emulate everything he did, watching him play was magnificent, someone get to staples & put his statue up immediately!!!”

Bryant’s death also touched current Bonnie Jaren English, who tweeted: “This is really taking a toll on me… it is just truly hurting” and “Just wake me from this dream already.”

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Former Bonnie Matt Mobley tweeted that he hoped reports of Bryant’s death were fake news.

David Andoh, another former Bonnie, simply tweeted “Kobe.”

New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro, a St. Bonaventure journalism graduate, called Bryant’s death “unfathomable” in a column he wrote for the Post shortly after the news broke.

“The details come trickling in and they matter, but they do not help,” Vaccaro wrote: “Kobe Bryant, one of the best basketball players any of us will ever see, is gone. In a flash. At 41. How do you explain that? How do you understand that?”

Another St. Bonaventure journalism graduate, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, confirmed Bryant’s death with a tweet at 2:51 p.m.

On Saturday night, when Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James moved past Bryant for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list during a Lakers’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the game had an indirect connection with St. Bonaventure’s best known basketball star, Bob Lanier.

On the same evening in Detroit, Pistons center Andre Drummond had his 40th game with 20 or more points and rebounds, tying NBA Hall of Famer Lanier’s franchise record.

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