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The College Basketball World Mourns Chris Cheeks’ Obituary


With a heavy heart have to inform you of the heartbreaking news which follows Chris Cheeks’ obituary, announced on April 21, 2022. May the legend rest easy in grace and love.

We learned the tragic news from a tweet by Lane Casadonte: “Former @VCU Hoops player and asst. Coach Chris Cheeks passed away last night. Coached with Sonny Smith and Mac McCarthy and holds 2nd best single-game scoring record (42 vs ODU) and 3rd best single-season scoring mark (667 pts) in VCU history.”

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According to sources, after four seasons at Delaware, Mr. Cheeks came to WKU where he led the Blue Hens to one of the best seasons in school history in 2013-14. From 2011 to 12, he served as the head coach of AAU team DC Assault.

Following Chris Cheeks' obituary, nothing has been shared to clarify the cause

He was considered to be an assistant coach at Charlotte from 2006 to10 who successfully helped the 49ers attract the Atlantic 10’s top recruiting class and the 13th-ranked class in the country as well.

Coach Cheeks scored 1,273 career points in two seasons at VCU from 1987 to 89. His 42 points against Old Dominion in 1989 are the most ever by a Rams player in a Division I game.

Being a member of the Rams All-Time Team, Mr. Chris’ 20.2 career scoring average ranks second in school history. The talented Cheeks started his coaching career at his alma mater Virginia Commonwealth in 1995, serving five years for the Rams through the 2000 season.

Being instrumental in the development of guard Devon Saddler, who set a school record and currently ranks sixth in CAA history with 2,222 points, the coach achieved All-CAA honors in each of his four seasons at UD.

Later on, it was named to the 2014 Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team. Good to know that Mr. Saddler continued to follow his passion which helped him to lead the CAA with 19.9 points per game while earning first-team All-Conference in addition to NABC and USBWA All-District honors.

Thoughts and prayers are with Chris Cheeks’ family, friends, fans, and teammates. 🖤🕊

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About Chris Cheeks’ Obituary

Following Chris Cheeks’ obituary, nothing has been shared to clarify the cause; however, since the heartbreaking has been shared many have been sharing their condolences through social media.

Adam Nelson wrote: “Tough day in the college basketball world. Chris Cheeks, one of the really good guys in this business has passed away. Was a long-time D1 assistant, with stops at BC, WKU, Del, Charlotte, GA St, WVU + VCU. Scored 1200+ points in 2 seasons at VCU. Leaves behind a wife and 3 kids.”

One tweeted: “Rest in Peace to Coach Chris Cheeks. A sad day for college basketball and anyone that was lucky enough to know him. He always brought a smile to our faces and we truly enjoyed having Coach as a part of @DelawareMBB Thinking about the Cheeks’ family, friends, and loved ones. 🙏🏀”

A fan expressed: “Sad day today. Chris Cheeks was one of the best men I’ve come across in this business. I was proud to call him a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. He will be missed. #RIPCheeks.”

Christian Webster tributed: “My heart is hurting this morning for the family, friends, and loved ones of Chris Cheeks. We lost one of the best guys in our business last night. Hug those you love and tell them you love them this morning. This is all so fragile. RIP Chris Cheeks.”

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