Jason Collier of the Atlanta Hawks, died this morning of an apparent heart attack.
I haven't seen much of Collier in the NBA, as injuries have limited him to about 150 games in his career. But he was a pretty good player at Georgia Tech [of my ACC] for a couple years. He went to Indiana initially....bounced out of there.....and attended G-Tech.
He was drafted by the Bucks in the 2000 NBA Draft [15th pick...and promptly shipped to Houston] but hasn't really blossomed into nothing more than a spot starter. His best season, 2003-4 with the Hawks saw him score 11.4 ppg...but he appeared in just 20 games. Over the past season, he bounced around in the NBDL and was brought up by the Hawks again.
He was 28.
Here is the story from ESPN:
Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said no other details immediately were available and did not say where Collier was when he died.
Collier experienced chest pains at his home Friday and his wife performed CPR and called 911, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Hawks players were notified of Collier's death at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning before a scheduled workout was canceled, according to the paper.
The 7-foot, 260-pound Collier, a five-year NBA player, spent his first three seasons with Houston before joining Atlanta in 2003. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in his career.
Collier played for Georgia Tech and was drafted by Milwaukee in the first round, with the 15th pick overall, in the 2000 NBA draft.