Alton Ford, a former star college basketball player at Houston, has passed away. He was 36.
The former Cougars' standout played at the school from 2000-01. He was a second-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 NBA Draft. Ford played in the NBA from 2001-04 before having a lengthy career overseas.
Ford passed away following a battle with cancer. Houston announced the tragic news on Twitter this morning.
"Houston Basketball mourns the passing of letterman Alton Ford after fighting cancer Competed for Cougars in 2000-01 and was taken in 2001 NBA Draft by the Suns. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Alton's wife, Victoria, their three children & their family & friends," Houston announced.
Ford was a Houston, Texas native. He played in high school at Milby.
The 6-foot-10 forward played for the Suns from 2001-03. He then spent one season with the Houston Rockets.
Ford then moved on to a career overseas and later had a career in the D-League.
Our thoughts are with Ford's family and friends. May he rest in peace.