By Stefan Swiat, Suns.com
Posted: August 16, 2007
When you look back at all of the memorable Suns that have hailed from Santa Clara University, you think of Dennis Awtrey, Kurt Rambis and, of course, Steve Nash.
Tragically, one player who might have been near the top of the list, had his career ended before it ever really started.
Nick Vanos graduated from Santa Clara, second in scoring and the school's all-time leading shot blocker. The 7-foot-2, 260 lbs. center was Phoenix's 32nd pick out of the second round of the 1985 Draft, drafted as a backup to an aging Alvan Adams.
Adams remembered him fondly as a rookie that was just thrilled to be a professional.
"In his first year, he was like, 'Wow, I'm in the NBA,'" Adams said. "He was 7-2, and we were hoping this would be our 'big guy.'"