Michael Brooks, former National Player of the Year at La Salle, dead at 58
Brooks, who played six seasons in the NBA, died after suffering a massive stroke in Switzerland
He was 58 years old.
Brooks scored 2,628 points in his college career and was a consensus First Team All-American in 1980 along with Louisville's Darrell Griffith, Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll, Kentucky's Kyle Macy and DePaul's Mark Aguirre. Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward, remains one of the top 30 scorers in NCAA history. The Clippers selected Brooks ninth overall -- or six spots behind Celtics legend Kevin McHale -- in the 1980 NBA Draft.
According to The Inquirer, Brooks had aplastic anemia -- a syndrome that attacks the bone marrow and immune system. He was reportedly hospitalized last week for a bone-marrow transplant, but his body rejected the transplant, his sister, Aleta Arthurs-Lee, told the paper. That caused Brooks to suffer a small stroke Sunday that led to a more severe stroke Monday.
Brooks played six seasons in the NBA.
He also played in the USBL and CBA, and in France and Switzerland.
"To me, he was a light," Arthurs-Lee told The Inquirer. "I was always very protective of him, and I always will be. He will be missed in our family, very missed."
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discuss a wild weekend of college basketball
Andy Kennedy announced on Sunday he will no longer coach the Rebels
Grayson Allen has taken over with Marvin Bagley (knee) out of the lineup
The loss puts the Buckeyes out of the top 16 and it may lose the one-seed in the Big 10 to...
Austin Hatch has been part of the Wolverines program since 2014
No one in college basketball had a better Saturday than the Kansas Jayhawks