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August 21, 2014

Sheffey transcends

August 21, 2014 - Former Georgetown point guard Ed Sheffey fell to cancer yesterday. He was 36.

Sheffey attended Anacostia High School (DC) before graduating from Oak Hill Academy in 1996, after which he enrolled at Georgetown. During his freshman and only year on The Hilltop, Sheffey, a 6'0", 185 pound point guard with flair averaged 8.7 points per game in '96-'97 before transferring to a junior college the beginning of the following season. A subsequent car accident would end his collegiate career.

On the court, Sheffey had his peer's respect.

"He was a tough, hard nosed player. Pure point guard" said former Hoya and Wake Forest Demon Deacon, Charles Harrington. "He was a great guy to be around. Was a born leader out there on the floor. He could do it all."

Harrison, who despite being older than Sheffey was well aware of him since "We played a lot, worked out a lot with the DC Assault program", where Ed "was probably one of the youngest guys in the workouts back then". Harrison continued, noting of Sheffey "When he was at Anacostia he scored a whole bunch of points. But he transitioned at Oak Hill to a pure point guard" based on the talent in that program, a move that landed him in Blue and Grey.

Oak Hill's coach, then and now, laments his former charge's transcendence.

"Sad to hear this morning of the passing of Ed Sheffey, after he fought a six year battle with cancer" said Steve Smith, via an article on OakHillHoops.com. "He was a joy to coach and will be missed by his Warrior family."

Sheffey is survived, in part, by his nearly eight year old son, Deuce, of which he said on Facebook his son's birthday was "The day my life changed!".

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