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Conrad Bastien McRae (January 11, 1971 – July 10, 2000) was an Americanmarker professional basketball player who was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 2nd round (28th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. McRae's professional career flourished overseas in Europe for teams in Francemarker, Italymarker, Greecemarker and Turkeymarker. 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, Irvinemarker.


McRae attended Brooklyn Technical High Schoolmarker where he excelled at basketball. He earned the nickname "McNasty" while playing in Entertainers Basketball Classic in Harlemmarker's famous Rucker Parkmarker. 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 Universitymarker, 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 Turkeymarker, Francemarker, Italymarker and Greecemarker. He helped Efes Pilsen S.K. of Istanbulmarker to win European Championship Korac Cup of 1996, and also reached the Italian championship finals in the 1996-1997 season with Teamsystem Bologna.

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; in 1999, McRae signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets but it was terminated when he fainted before a game.

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  1. Conrad McRae dies at basketball practice
  2. No Reason Found for McRae's Death LA Times, July 12, 2000

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