Report: Former Hoosier Reed dies at age 36

Neil Reed in a 1995 interview.
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Former Indiana University basketball player Neil Reed has died at the age of 36.

ESPN writer Chris Palmer reported the death on Twitter Thursday night, saying Reed died of cardiac arrest. Shanda Hererra, principal of Pioneer Valley High School where Reed worked as a coach, says he died Thursday morning in Nipomo, Calif.

Reed played in 94 games at IU over three seasons from 1994-97. He averaged 9.8 points and three assists per game during his career with the Hoosiers.

Reed was at the center of a controversy surrounding former head coach Bob Knight in 1997. Knight was seen on a videotape apparently choking the then-junior, who left the program before his senior season.

Reed finished his college career at Southern Mississippi, averaging 18.1 points over 28 games with the Golden Eagles.

When video of the practice surfaced backing Reed's claim, the Hall of Fame coach, who was known for his temper as well as his success, was put on a zero-tolerance policy by then-president Dr. Myles Brand.

The Santa Maria Times of California says Reed coached boys' basketball and golf at Pioneer Valley since 2006.

Reed was a native of East Metairie, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)