Service for Adams tonight

Winthrop will honor the memory of former basketball player De'Andre Adams at a memorial service at 7 tonight in the Winthrop Coliseum.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Winthrop officials will unveil a special tribute to Adams, including a video salute to his life and career. The school will also retire the number 24 worn by Adams.

Many members of Adams' family, including his father, John, are expected to attend.

Basketball coach Randy Peele will also announce a special project to help fund the $25,000 De'Andre Adams Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded annually to a Winthrop basketball player.

"The most important thing we can take from this service besides honoring De'Andre's life," Peele said, "is to really get involved with the fundraising efforts."

Adams, a backup point guard, died in May as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car accident near his home in Austell, Ga.

A key reserve in the Eagles' run to the Big South Conference title and the school's first-ever win in the NCAA tournament, Adams would have been a junior this fall. He helped the Eagles win two straight Big South titles and was a crowd favorite because of his all-out style and quick smile.

Tonight's service is open to the public.