Ex-NC State basketball star Charles Shackleford found dead at 50

Charles Shackleford, a North Carolina State basketball star in the 1980s who spent six seasons in the NBA, was found dead in his home on Friday (Jan 27), reports the Associated Press. He was 50.

A cause of death has yet to be disclosed and an investigation is underway, according to spokesman Woody Spencer of the Kinston Police Department. He did not say what circumstances led authorities to the home.

“N.C. State is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Wolfpack men’s basketball player, Charles Shackleford,” the school said in a statement Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.”

Shackleford, 6-foot-10, averaged 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in three seasons at N.C. State. He earned first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 1988 after leading the league in rebounding at 9.6 per game that season.

The athlete was a second-round draft pick by New Jersey in 1988. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds for his NBA career while also making stops in Philadelphia, Minnesota and Charlotte through the 1998-99 season.

He also played professionally in Italy, Turkey and Greece during that time, according to Sports Reference’s NBA website.