Sebastien Bellin, a European professional basketball player, was among those wounded during the terror attacks in Brussels.
Bellin, 37, was thrown from the blasts inside Zaventem international airport on Tuesday and taken to a nearby hospital where he would undergo surgery.
The terrorist attacks killed more than 30 people and wounded more than 150 others.
Bellin, a Brazilian-born member of the Belgian national team, played college ball for Marist and Oakland University from 1996 to 2000. Greg Kampe, the head men’s basketball coach at OU, asked his followers on Twitter to pray for Bellin.
My ex player Seb Bellin was injured in the Brussels bombing. Going for second surgery. Please pray for Seb.— Greg Kampe (@KampeOU) March 22, 2016
The 6-foot-10 center returned to Belgium shortly after college to begin a successful professional basketball career. Bellin now works with Keemotion and frequently travels between Belgium and western Michigan, where his wife and two children live.
“He was going to talk to me on Friday,” Kampe told The Detroit News. “The agency helps place players professionally in Europe, so he was going to talk to me about one of my players.”
Kampe said that Bellin kept his former college a top priority even after graduation.
“He was a very good player and he’s kept in touch with the program. He’s been very, very loyal,” Kampe told the newspaper. “He’s just a tremendous young man. We’re just praying that the best is going to happen.”
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