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Brooks Thompson, 45, first-round NBA pick, dies in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach, has died.

A UTSA statement announced Thompson died Thursday. He was 45. Sports information spokesman Jordan Korphage (KOR'-pidj) said Friday that Thompson died in San Antonio. Korphage says Thompson had been ill in recent months. No cause of death was immediately released.

Orlando in 1994 made Thompson the 27th pick in the draft. He also played for Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York during four seasons in the NBA. Thompson played college ball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

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Thompson later spent 10 seasons at UTSA, going 133-178. He was fired in March following a 5-27 season.

Thompson in 1989 led Littleton, Colorado, to the Class 4A title and was the state's player of the year.