Nick Vanos

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Nick Vanos
Personal information
Born (1963-04-13)April 13, 1963
San Mateo, California
Died August 16, 1987(1987-08-16) (aged 24)
Romulus, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Hillsdale (San Mateo, California)
College Santa Clara (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 1985–1987
Position Center
Number 30
Career history
19851987 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-WCC (1984, 1985)
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Nicholas "Nick" Vanos (April 13, 1963 – August 16, 1987) was an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. The San Mateo, California, native was selected 32nd by the Suns in the 1985 NBA Draft, after playing for Hillsdale High School and collegiately at Santa Clara University. He played for the Suns as a center on the team.

His career with the Suns lasted only two years before coming to a tragic end. On August 16, 1987, Vanos and his fiancee boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 255, after visiting his fiancee's parents, for a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 crashed on takeoff from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, killing 154 passengers and crew, as well as two motorists.[1]


  1. "Welcome to Northwest Flight 255 Memorial". Northwest. Retrieved 2008-08-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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