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Nick Vanos
Center
Born April 13, 1963(1963-04-13)
San Mateo, California
Died August 16, 1987 (aged 24)
Romulus, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
High school Hillsdale (San Mateo)
College Santa Clara
Draft 32nd overall, 1985
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1985–1987
Former teams Phoenix Suns (1985–1987)

Nicolaas (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 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]

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