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ATLANTA (AP) _ Former Georgia Tech center Michael Isenhour died after a nine-month battle with leukemia. He was 23.

Isenhour died at Emory Hospital on Thursday, nine days after he underwent a bone marrow transplant, the university said. He had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October.

The 6-foot-8 Isenhour played in a total of 39 games for the Yellow Jackets in the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. He attended the Air Force Academy for one year before transferring to Georgia Tech to be near his mother.

Isenhour graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in December and was scheduled to begin graduate studies this summer.

``Everyone in the Georgia Tech community suffered a personal loss yesterday when Michael passed,'' basketball coach Paul Hewitt said.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.