Kelvin Scarborough, 1964-2020

(Update: Kelvin Scarborough story is scheduled to post this weekend. Thanks and please check back).

By Mark Smith

Below is the post from my personal Facebook page about former New Mexico Lobo basketball star Kelvin Scarborough, who died this week at age 56.

Those closest to him believe Scar, who was hospitalized this year for high blood pressure, died from an apparent stroke or heart attack.

I am in the process of working on a feature/column about a guy I knew as a player and as a friend.

Tonight (Wednesday) at 10 p.m. (MST), KOB-TV 4 will have a story on Kelvin, in which I was interviewed about how he touched so many in our community.

Please check back on this weekend for our story.


This one really hit hard.
My head started racing and my heart dropped when I heard the news Tuesday afternoon.
I have so many thoughts and so many stories about Kelvin Scarborough, having been one of the first people he met when he arrived in Albuquerque during the summer of 1983.
I was a sportscaster at KOB-TV in those days and had the fortune to cover Kelvin as a basketball sensation for the University of New Mexico.

I was even more fortunate to call him a friend for 37 years.
Kelvin never forgot where he came from and was dedicated to helping kids escape similar surroundings.
His smile was infectious, and it flashed the same way every time I saw him — and always proceeded a bear hug.

I’m going to really miss that smile.
I’m going to miss Scar.

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