Former Bulls hoops standout Donzel Rush dies at 43
Former Bulls low-post force Donzel Rush, the rebounding catalyst in the 1995 team's run to the NIT quarterfinals, passed away earlier this week in south Florida.
It is believed Mr. Rush, 43, died of natural causes. Funeral arrangements are pending, according to the university.
"He was an unbelievable teammate," first-year Bulls assistant Chad Dollar, who played with Mr. Rush on the 1992-93 team, said in a USF news release. "(Mr. Rush) was a freshman coming in and eager to learn. He was a fun-loving guy who had nothing but positive vibes as a teammate."
A starter nearly his entire career, Mr. Rush averaged 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in the 1994-95 season, when USF finished 18-12. He had 15 boards in a 74-67 win against St. John's in the opening round of the NIT, and 10 more in a 75-59 triumph against Coppin State.
As a senior the following year, he started all 28 games, averaging 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds for a decimated team (12-16) that entered the Conference USA tournament with six players.
He remains fifth on USF's career rebounds list (724).
"Donzel was really our only true post except Pat Lawrence (who didn't play in the C-USA tourney)," said former Bulls G Anddrikk Frazier, who redshirted in Mr. Rush's senior year after transferring from Vanderbilt.
"Just his work ethic and just the tone he set physically and conditioning-wise, everything with Donzel was positive."