Former NBA player, Jackson Vroman, was found dead in a swimming pool at a home in L.A. County Monday morning. The onetime professional baller who played for the Chicago Bulls, the Phoenix Suns, the New Orleans Pelicans, and internationally, was 34.
Reports the Des Moines Register:
The cause of death was not immediately available, as an investigator on the case has not finished a preliminary report. The county spokesperson said an autopsy was scheduled for later in the week.
Earlier reports, including a tweet from the Lebanese national basketball team, of which Vroman was previously a member, had prematurely indicated a vehicular incident as the cause of death.
The Phoenix Suns passed along their condolences through the social media service after the Lebanese team’s tweet before Iowa State’s athletics department posted a release of the death, citing the Twitter reports but not independently confirming the news.
Vroman spent two seasons with the Cyclones after transferring to Iowa State from Snow (Utah) Community College.
A native of Bountiful, Utah, Vroman averaged 13.9 points per game his senior season (2003-04) and led the Big 12 Conference in rebounding at 9.6 per game. His career rebounding average of 9.5 is a mark that ranks ninth all-time in school history.
Vroman was a second-round NBA Draft selection by the Chicago Bulls. He went on to play two NBA seasons with Phoenix and the New Orleans/Oklahoma City franchise displaced by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He continued to play professionally overseas until 2014.
According to his Instagram account, Vroman celebrated his birthday less than a month ago. Click below for photos of Vroman, as well as a post from Reggie Bush about his late friend.