Dennis Hamilton, Former Arizona State And Phoenix Suns Basketball Player, Dies At 68

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Tyrone Nared #31 of the Oregon Ducks goes up for the opening tip-off against Kyle Cain #5 of the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first round of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hamilton bought season tickets to Arizona State basketball games in 1992 after moving from California.

Dennis Hamilton, a former Arizona State basketball player and a great fan of the school and program, died on Monday at 68-years-old, according to The Arizona Republic.

Hamilton played for the Sun Devils in the mid-1960s and at 6-foot-8, he was known for his ability to run up and down the court and for his knack of hitting his free throws, which he hit at an 81.3% clip.

Hamilton was the first player signed by Jerry Colangelo during his early days as general manager of the Phoenix Suns and also played for the Lakers for a short while with the likes of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.

He passed away after a fight with cancer and his son, Brady, told the Arizona Republic that he died peacefully.

For more on Hamilton's story, check out this piece by The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin, written in 2010.

To talk more about Sun Devils' players, both past and present, with other ASU fans, check out House of Sparky.

Check out the SB Nation College Basketball YouTube channel below and see if you'd be willing to subscribe to the videos.

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