Thomas, player on champion ‘87 Hoosiers team that beat SU, dies

Published Mar 29, 2018 at 11:50am

LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) — Daryl Thomas, who was a starter on Indiana University’s 1987 NCAA basketball championship team that beat Syracuse in the national title game, has died at age 52.

Thomas had been the basketball coach at Montini Catholic High School in suburban Chicago since 2015.

The school says Thomas died Wednesday from a heart attack.

Thomas was a Chicago-area high school star before going to Indiana, where he won All-Big Ten First Team recognition as the Hoosiers won their fifth national title during his senior season.

He threw the pass to Keith Smart for the game-winning jump shot against Syracuse in the championship game.

The 6-foot-7 forward later played professionally overseas, then returned to Chicago and started youth coaching.

Survivors include his wife and three children.