Clifford Rozier, Warriors First-Round Pick in 1994, Dies at 45 After Suffering Heart Attack

Clifford Rozier, the Warriors’ first-round draft pick in 1994, died Friday, two days after suffering a heart attack. He was 45.

TMZ first reported the news, quoting Rozier’s brother Kobie, who said Clifford Rozier had been on life support in Florida.

Golden State selected the 6-foot-11 Rozier 16th overall out of Louisville. He played 66 games with the Warriors in 1994-95, 59 in 1995-96 and one in 1996 before being traded — along with Ron Seikaly and a 1999 second-round selection — to Orlando for Jon Koncak, Donald Royal and Felton Spencer.

With the Warriors, Rozier averaged 5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game. He never suited up for the Magic, but did play 41 games with Toronto in 1996-97. His career ended after the 1997-98 season, during which he played six games with Minnesota.

At Louisville, Rozier was an Associated Press first-team All-America selection. Also on the first team were Jason Kidd (Cal), Grant Hill (Duke), Donyell Marshall (Connecticut) and Glenn Robinson (Purdue).