Former Kentucky center Bret Bearup has died at the age of 56, according to the Herald-Leader.
“Such a shock, such a shock,” she said. “I pray he passed away in his sleep.”
Bearup was a blue-chip prospect out of Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y., where he was a Parade, Scholastic Coach and McDonald’s All-American, before joining the Wildcats in 1980.
However, the 6-foot-9 center saw limited minutes during his first three seasons at Kentucky, playing behind former No. 2 overall pick Sam Bowie and No. 4 overall pick Melvin Turpin, both of whom were selected in the 1984 NBA Draft.
As a senior, Bearup averaged 6.3 points per game after projected starting center Gunther Behnke returned to his native Germany prior to the 1984-85 season. Bearup also was a member of the Academic All-SEC team.
Bearup finished his college career averaging 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
He is survived by his wife, his daughter McKenzie and sons Alex and Benjamin, according to the Herald-Leader.