Arizona basketball tragedies
Ryan Hansen, a longtime UA manager and staffer underneath Lute Olson and now a Wildcat radio analyst, rates Brian Williams, Sean Rooks and Michael Wright a 3 best low-post players in a past 30 years of Wildcat basketball.
Now, all of them are gone.
Here are their stories:
Died: Jul 7, 2002 (estimated)
Cause of death: Dele is believed to have been murdered during sea in French Polynesia, presumably by his brother, yet a high-profile box has never been solved. Dele’s brother, Miles Dabord, has pronounced he shot Dele in self-defense and that Dele’s girlfriend, Serena Karlan, was incidentally killed. Less than 3 months later, Dabord died in California after he overdosed on insulin in Mexico.
UA career: 1989-91. Williams averaged 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 67 career games over dual seasons for a Wildcats, yet he never became utterly a widespread actor he was approaching to be out of high school. Williams was first-team all-Pac-10 in 1991 and was an honest discuss all-American. He 61.9 percent from a margin in 1990-91, a fourth-best commission in UA history.
NBA draft: No. 10 (Orlando) in 1991
Pro career: Played 8 NBA seasons with 5 teams, winning a championship ring with a Chicago Bulls in 1997, after fasten a Bulls late in a deteriorate as a deputy for a harmed Dennis Rodman. He altered his name in 1998 to Bison Dele to respect his Native American and African ancestry. He late in 1999 with about $35 million left on his contract.
Ryan Hansen says: “The man was only a earthy specimen, only an comprehensive beast. He was substantially famous some-more for being an athlete. When he wanted to run, he was substantially a fastest end-line to end-line curtain we had. When he went to a left palm sky hook, that was unstoppable. If he got it in a reduce block, it was over. When he dunked on (BYU’s 7-foot-6) Shawn Bradley in a second turn of a 1991 NCAA tournament, that was unbelievable.”
Died: Nov. 10, 2015
Cause of death: Wright was found passed in a backseat of his SUV in Brooklyn, lonesome in rabble bags after carrying suffered an apparent conduct wound. Police have treated it as a carnage yet a box stays unsolved. A cousin told a Chicago Sun-Times that he had left his final pro group in France in Feb 2015 yet had designed to play dual some-more seasons overseas.
UA career: 1998-2001. Wright averaged 8.4 rebounds during 99 games with a Wildcats, earning all-Pac-10 honors any of his 3 seasons. He was also named a third-team all-American in 2000-01 by a Associated Press and ESPN.com. Even yet Wright left early for a NBA Draft in 2001, fasten associate underclassmen Richard Jefferson and Gilbert Arenas, he still ranks No. 6 on UA’s all-time career rebounds list. He’s also seventh in field-goal commission (57.5).
NBA draft: No. 39 (New York) in 2001
Pro career: Wright was cut late in a Knicks’ 2001 stay and never played in a NBA, yet had a prolonged career in Europe before his death. He began personification in Poland yet had a prolonged run of success in Turkey, where he gained citizenship and took on a name Ali Karadeniz. He led Turkey’s tip joining in scoring in 2011 and 2013.
Ryan Hansen says: “Michael Wright was so fatal with his left hand. He competence have been a best finisher next a rim, too. He wasn’t a high-rising, Derrick Williams, kind of dunker. He was a get-it-done guy, unequivocally famous for his back-to-the-basket moves.”
Died: Jun 7, 2016
Cause of death: Just hours after interviewing for an partner coaching pursuit with a New York Knicks final Tuesday, Rooks collapsed and died during a Philadelphia restaurant. A Philadelphia medical investigator ruled after an initial autopsy that he expected died of heart illness or other healthy causes.
UA career: 1987-92. Rooks sat out as a redshirt yet gradually incited himself into a contributing actor and afterwards a standout with autarchic descent skills around a basket. He stays No. 4 on UA’s all-time list for giveaway throws attempted (590) and is No. 5 in blocks (142). Rooks was an all-Pac-10 and honest discuss all-America collect in 1991-92.
NBA Draft: No. 30 (Dallas) in 1992.
Pro career: Rooks enjoyed a high-level journeyman’s career by a NBA, personification 12 seasons for 7 teams including dual stints with a Dallas Mavericks. He started as a rookie for a Mavericks in 1992-93, averaging 13.4 points, and also in 1994-95 for Minnesota, when he averaged 10.5 points.
Ryan Hansen says: “I desired Sean Rooks’ footwork. He used his feet good to get into position and that’s something Coach O always preached in a post: You don’t post adult with your arms or shoulder yet by removing a feet advantage and removing low adequate into a block. Where he held it, he could make a move. we could remember many times we indispensable a basket and it was just, ‘Dial adult Wookie in a post.’”