"The University of Memphis is deeply saddened by the passing of Karim Azab", Memphis president M. David Rudd said in a statement. Karim showed great courage battling with tremendous fight and determination. Our thoughts are with his family, as well as his friends, teammates and fellow UofM students, faculty and staff. He scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds last season and played a key role for a three-game stretch during conference play. That led to a diagnosis of leukemia lymphoma.
Azab, a Giza, Egypt native, had been undergoing treatment following his diagnosis.
Azab received the annual Coach Dave Loos MVP Award at the Tennessee Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Reception earlier this year in Nashville, Tennessee. Smith was later briefed on the severity of Azab's illness after he had been dismissed from Memphis.
Azab attended Pace Academy in Carrboro, North Carolina, and played for Bull City Prep near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, during the 2014-15 season. Before joining the Tigers, he spent two years playing high school basketball in the United States after arriving from Egypt. Eligibility issues sidelined him during the 2016-17 season.
"It is with great sadness and personal heartache that we mourn the passing of Karim Azab", Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said. "Karim was a wonderful young man who was excited to be a part of the University of Memphis and Tiger basketball".
KingFut extends its best wishes to Karim's family during this time of discomfort.