Former Gator center Dwayne Schintzius battling leukemia in Tampa
Schintzius, 41, underwent a bone marrow transplant several weeks ago with marrow donated from his brother Travis, and at the time the prognosis seemed encouraging.
According to a prayer request posting by Schintzius’ father, Ken, on an Ohio church Web site: “Dwayne had his bone marrow transplant at Moffitt Cancer center, all went well. Travis's donated bone marrow had more than the amount needed, now Dwayne begins the first day of the rest of his life, he will spend 17 days at Moffitt then go to an Apartment complex on McKinnley for 83 days (or less depending on how well he does). He cannot be more than 10 minutes from Moffitt. The next 60 days are crucial. Please keep him in your prayers.’’
But his condition apparently has not significantly improved.
“Since that time, things have changed,’’ said Myrna Stall, Dwayne Schintzius’ aunt. “The situation is not good, I can tell you that.’’
Schintzius has been hospitalized, with the exception of a short time at Christmas, since November.
Scott Love, a close friend of Schintzius, said the family has been by his side at the hospital since he was diagnosed.
“He can’t take visitors now,’’ Love said. “It’s just his mother, father and brother – they’ve been staying up there. I text message him, but right now he’s still kind of out of it.’’
The 7-foot-1 Schintzius played for the Gators from 1987-90, starting all 110 games he played in, averaging 14.8 points per game. In 1989, he was an AP and Sporting News All-American, and also earned first-team All-SEC honors – where he led the Gators in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (9.7). He is the only player in SEC history to score over 1,000 points, grab 800 rebounds, have 250 assists and block 250 shots. He also holds the UF record for blocked shots.
He was a member of Florida’s first SEC championship team (1988-89), and was a first-round draft choice of the San Antonio Spurs with the 24th overall pick. He played for six different teams in his eight-year NBA career.