Former Butler center Andrew Smith passed away on Tuesday at the far-too-young age of 25. Smith had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that would eventually turn into leukemia. The disease ultimately proved to be too much, even for a fighter like Smith.

The Butler family rallied around Smith and his wife, Samantha, during such times of despair. It will continue to do so. For the rest of the season, the Bulldogs will wear patches on their uniforms that read ‘AS44.’ Smith wore No. 44 while at Butler.

Smith is no longer with us, but his spirit certainly lives on.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.