|Born||April 13, 1963|
San Mateo, California
|Died||August 16, 1987 (aged 24)|
near Romulus, Michigan
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Hillsdale (San Mateo, California)|
|College||Santa Clara (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Nicolaas Peter Vanos (April 13, 1963 – August 16, 1987) was an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The San Mateo, California, native was selected 32nd by the Suns in the 1985 NBA draft, after playing for Hillsdale High School and collegiately at Santa Clara University. He played for the Suns as a center on the team.
His career with the Suns lasted only two years before coming to a tragic end. On August 16, 1987, Vanos and his fiancée, Carolyn Cohen, boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 255, after visiting his fiancée's parents, for a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. The plane crashed after takeoff from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, killing 154 passengers and crew, including Vanos and his fiancée, as well as two motorists.
- "Nick Vanos Remembered: 1963-1987". NBA.com. February 3, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- "The parents of Phoenix Suns basketball player Nick Vanos,..." United Press International. October 29, 1987. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- "Welcome to Northwest Flight 255 Memorial". Northwest. Retrieved August 24, 2008.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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