January 11, 1971|
New York City, New York
|Died||July 10, 2000
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||222 lb (101 kg)|
|High school||Brooklyn Technical
(Brooklyn, New York)
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1994–1995||Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez|
|Career highlights and awards|
Conrad Bastien McRae (January 11, 1971 – July 10, 2000) was an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 2nd round (38th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. McRae's professional career flourished overseas in Europe for teams in France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. In the summer of 2000, McRae collapsed and died during a practice with the Orlando Magic's summer league team at the University of California, Irvine.
McRae attended Brooklyn Technical High School where he excelled at basketball. He earned the nickname "McNasty" while playing in Entertainers Basketball Classic in Harlem's famous Rucker Park. In high school, McRae was named PSAL High School All-City from 1986–89, selected to the 1989 McDonald's All-American Team, and participated in the Junior Olympics.
He accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University, playing under basketball coach Jim Boeheim. While at Syracuse, McRae became a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity (Theta Xi Chapter). Though he did not immediately garner many minutes, his tenacity, athleticism and defensive skills turned him into a second round draft pick in 1993 by the Washington Bullets. McRae never played in the NBA, but played on home soil for the Fort Wayne Fury of the CBA in 1994.
He moved on to play in Europe, eventually starring on several European clubs in Turkey, France, Italy and Greece. He helped Efes Pilsen S.K. of Istanbul to win European Championship Korać Cup of 1996, and also reached the Italian championship finals in the 1996–97 season with Fortitudo Bologna. While in Europe, he accidentally scored in the wrong basket after getting a poor night's sleep in his Parisian hotel room due to what were described as "water problems".
In 1999, McRae signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets but it was terminated after he fainted before a game. McRae collapsed and died while running windsprints during an Orlando Magic summer league practice. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death, but McRae had a history of arrythmia