Sickening news for the Cougar Nation

TONY HARRIS, THE high-energy MVP of WSU's 1994 NCAA tournament team, has been found murdered in Brazil, according to widespread news reports in Brazil and around the Pacific Northwest. Harris' family had not heard from him since Nov. 4. He had recently traveled south to play for a pro basketball team, but told his family he believed he was in danger.

A complete report on this horrible turn of events can be found here in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Harris, 37, was a graduate of Seattle's Garfield High. At WSU he averaged 32 minutes and 12.4 points per game from 1992-94. He also piled up enough steals and assists to rank on WSU's all-time lists.

The 1993-94 Cougars, coached by Kelvin Sampson, won 20 games and brought WSU back to March Madness for the first time since 1983. Harris was voted team MVP-- no small feat in light of the talent around him: Mark Hendrickson, Eddie Hill, Fred Ferguson and Isaac Fontaine. CBS-TV picked him WSU Player of the Game in the Cougars' first-round NCAA tourney game with Boston College.

Tony's survivors include his wife Lori, who is expecting their baby any day now, and a 14-year-old son.

Condolences can be sent to Lori at

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