Ex-USF star Quintin Dailey dies at 49

Updated: November 10, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
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Former University of San Francisco All-American and Chicago Bulls first-round draft pick Quintin Dailey was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Monday, according to a Clark County Coroner's Office spokeswoman.

Dailey, who was 49, died naturally of hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Dailey was a two-time West Coast Conference player of the year and an AP All-American in 1982. He played professionally for Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle.

The Bulls took Dailey with the seventh pick of the 1982 draft, and he spent four of his 10 NBA seasons with Chicago. He made made the 1982-1983 All-Rookie team. Dailey averaged 14.1 points per game.

Former USF coach Dan Belluomini, who recruited Dailey from high school at Cardinal Gibbons in Baltimore, said he was a tremendous player and terrific worker.

"He was a big surprise when he came to USF as a freshman and I remember [former Georgetown coach] John Thompson telling me that Quintin was a great player and when you get him at San Francisco you will find out how good," Belluomini said. "About 20 minutes into the first practice, I found out how true that was. It's a shame that he passed so early."

Dailey became one of the best offensive players in Dons history, leaving after three years with 1,841 points, second best in school history at the time.

His NBA career as well as his time at San Francisco were punctuated by off-court controversy. He reportedly twice violated the NBA's drug policy for cocaine use.

After being charged in 1982 with attempted assault with intent to rape a USF nursing student, Dailey pled guilty to aggravated assault and received three years probation. The other charges were dropped.

The incident helped persuade the university to shut down its storied basketball program in 1982. The program was resurrected in 1986.

Dailey had been working recently as a supervisor with at-risk children at the Parkdale Community Center. A worker who answered the phone at the center Tuesday referred questions to a county spokeswoman, who declined to comment beyond the coroner's findings.

Dailey also officiated high school basketball.

USF officials said Dailey is survived by his daughter, Quincy, and son Quintin, a junior guard for Eastern Michigan.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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