The basketball world has recieved some very sad news with the death of Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine). According to news reports Fox died from gun shot wounds in Bloomingdale, Illinois 25 miles west of Chicago after finding Fox shot, he was taken to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, where he later died. Fox had been retired from professional basketball since 2012 and can look back on a very long basketball career having played in Europe from 2000-2012. Fox played 5 seasons in Germany four with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and one season with Braunschweig.
Fox was a 37 year old that was a 206cm power forward and started his basketball career at Boston College. He finished his last two years at college at Maine. As a senior he averaged 19.0ppg 8.0rpg. He came to Europe in 2000 and as a rookie played for Aveiro Esgueira (Portugal) and later replaced injured Darius Hall at Ciudad de Huelva (Spain-LEB1). In his second season he played for Esgueira Aveiro (Portugal): left in Oct. ’01: 3 games: 15.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3bpg, 3.3spg, then joined Barreirense (Portugal): 15 games: 19.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg. In his third season 2002-2003 he had his first stay with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and in the always improving Beko BBL put up respectable stats of 11,5 ppg, 6,7 rpg. In his fourth season he got further experience in new countries like Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon (Israel-Premier L.): 8 games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, in Feb.’04 signed at Vastiau Basket Groot Leuven (Belgium-D1): 19 games: 16.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 2.7apg. In 2004-2005 he played for MPC/Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): 6 games: 12.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2.2spg: left in Nov.’04, in Jan.’05 signed at Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 14 games: 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP-3 (70.6%), 3FGP: 31.8%. After finishing the 2004-2005 season with Leverkusen, he would remain three more seasons there and have his most fruitful and successful time there. He played with players like Derrick Allen who built a potent 1-2 punch in the front court and guys like Eric Taylor, Jared Newson, Brandon Woudstra and Brant Bailey will surely never forget his competiveness on the court. In the 2008-2009 season he played for BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML, starting five)Basketball Arbitral Tribunal BAT: 0166/11: Estonian League: 15 games: 12.2ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.8%, 3PT-3 (46.9%), FT: 69.7%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 14.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg; Baltic League (Elite Group): 19 games: 14.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 67.6%. In 2009-2010, he returned back to Germany to play for Braunschweig playing 18 games: 7.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 66.7%. IN the 2010-2011 season he played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA): 13 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP-1 (73.8%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%. He played his last season in 2011-2012 for Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1): EuroChallenge: 11 games: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 80.0%; Belgian League: 32 games: 4.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg.
Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine) will always be remembered as a very hard working big man that loved the physical play and never shyed away from anyone. He may not have been liked by his opponents who tried to avoid his physicality, but was loved on his own team as he was a team player and simply a warrior on the court. The basketball world will miss Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine)! R.I.P Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine)