Former Oklahoma State basketball player Brooks Thompson passed away Thursday The former Cowboys star was 45.
Thompson spent the majority of the past two months hospitalized; he had experienced double organ failure in April, according to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. A brief return home was halted by a blood infection, Cooper reported.
Thompson began his college playing career at Texas A&M, where he played two years before transferring to Oklahoma State. He made a name for himself as a Cowboy, averaging 16.9 points and 5.7 assists per game as a senior in 1993-94.
In the 1994 NBA Draft, Thompson went 27th overall to the Orlando Magic. In his four-year NBA career, Thompson bounced around the league after two seasons in Orlando, logging minutes for the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.
Coaching is where the Dallas native found his niche. Thompson began his coaching tenure as an undergraduate assistant at Oklahoma State for the 1998-99 season.
After several assistant and head coaching positions that included time at Arizona State, Thompson landed at Texas-San Antonio in 2006, where he coached for the past 10 seasons before his firing in March. His time at UTSA included a record of 130-176 with a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011.
Former Oklahoma State guard Doug Gottlieb remembered his friend in a heartfelt Facebook post after Thompson's passing.
"Brooks always wanted to be the head coach at Oklahoma State, and when his dreams were dashed this year by his team struggling, he offered any and all support to me. That is the kind of guy he was," Gottlieb said in his post.
An outpouring of support was shown by former teams and colleagues of Thompson.