Former Indiana guard Neil Reed dies at age 36

  • 07/26/2012 9:42 pm in

According to multiple reports, former Indiana guard Neil Reed died on Thursday at the age of 36.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Reed suffered a massive heart attack on Wednesday and passed away earlier today in Nipomo, California.

Reed played three seasons at Indiana and played in a total of 94 games, starting 72. A native of Metairie, Louisiana, Reed arrived at Indiana for the 1994-1995 season.

He was a McDonald’s All-American at East Jefferson High School.

Reed averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds before leaving the team following his junior season. He played his entire freshman season with a separated shoulder, averaging 5.9 points in 30 games.

The Louisiana native finished his collegiate career at Southern Mississippi, where he averaged 18.1 points as a senior.

His 938 career points rank 49th all-time on IU’s scoring list.

Three years after leaving Indiana, Reed accused former coach Bob Knight of choking him during a practice, which Knight denied until video later surfaced.

More recently, according to The Times-Picayune, Reed was a teacher and coach at Pioneer Valley High in Santa Maria, California.

Reed is survived by his wife, Kelly, and daughters Marley and Presley.

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