The world of college basketball is in mourning following the untimely death of Reggie Chaney, a former forward for the University of Houston. Chaney, who was only 23 years old, passed away under circumstances that have yet to be disclosed. Prior to his death, he was slated to join AE Psychiko, a professional basketball team based in Greece.
Chaney’s basketball career began with two seasons at the Arkansas Razorbacks before he transferred to the University of Houston. He played three seasons with the Cougars, with his final season culminating in him being named the American Athletic Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chaney was part of the 2021 University of Houston team that made it to the NCAA Final Four. His performance on the court was lauded by many, including Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson, who once referred to Chaney as his “security blanket.”
Despite battling hand, knee, and back issues, Chaney played in over 100 games for the University of Houston. His former teammate, Justin Gorham, paid tribute to him on social media, describing Chaney as “always dependable” and crediting him for the team’s many accomplishments.
The news of Chaney’s death also resonated with the University of Arkansas athletic community. Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman expressed his devastation over the loss, praising Chaney as a “relentless worker” who was loved by his coaches and teammates. Former Razorbacks teammate Mason Jones also posted a heartfelt tribute to Chaney, highlighting his resilience and character.
As the basketball community continues to grapple with this loss, the memories of Chaney’s dedication, talent, and spirit on and off the court will undoubtedly live on.