Former Arizona Wildcat Sean Rooks passed away on Tuesday in Philadelphia at the age of 46, according to numerous sources.
“The passing of Sean Rooks marks another sad day for Arizona Athletics," Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne said. "Sean is one of the great Wildcats, both as a player and person, and he will be missed by many. We want to send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
Rooks played for Arizona from 1988 to 1992, averaging 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, and was the No. 30 overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
“This is just a horrible shock," former Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "Sean was such a wonderful young man with a great disposition. During his time at Arizona, he was always one of the most pleasant individuals to be around.
"His positivity was something I’ll always remember. This is a tough day and a terrible loss for Arizona basketball. We send our condolences to Sean’s family and friends.”
He played 12 seasons with the Magic, Timberwolves, Lakers, Clippers, Hornets and Mavs before becoming a coach in 2007.
After retiring, Rooks moved into coaching and served as an assistant coach in the NBA Development League for the Bakersfield Jam, the New Mexico Thunderbirds and the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Rooks spent this past season as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he also worked with former Wildcats T.J. McConnell.