Hank Gathers

AGE: 23 (February 11, 1967 – March 4, 1990)
CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart muscle disorder; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
COMPLEX SAYS: Which two stats decide the vast majority of basketball games at the college and pro level? Boards and points, son. Gathers was only the second player in NCAA history to lead collegiate ballers in both categories in one season. His domination in the paint gave Layola Maymount hope to make a deep run in the 1990 NCAA tournament. Those hopes came to a tragic end during the quarterfinal of that year's WCC tournament, when Gathers collapsed after an alley-oop. Gathers died on the court from a heart condition known as hyperthophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which has taken the lives of a number of athletes over the last few decades. LMU would make a run to the Elite Eight of that year's NCAA tournament, and Gather's teammate, Bo Kimble, would give one of the most well-known dedications in sports history.

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