Birthdate: September 8, 1977
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
High School: Springfield Catholic Central (1996)
Colleges: Indiana University, Georgia Tech (2000)
Year Inducted: 2018
Jason Collier was wooed by many major colleges after leading Springfield Catholic Central to the 1996 Ohio Division IV state championship and being named Ohio Player of the Year. Among them were: Cincinnati, Dayton, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. The 7-foot center scored 1,761 points and grabbed 1,068 rebounds for the Irish and was selected on the Parade Magazine All-America second team. He played at Indiana University before transferring after nine games of his sophomore year to Georgia Tech. Twice named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team, he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA draft and was traded immediately to the Houston Rockets for whom he played three seasons. He started 44 games for Atlanta in 2004-05 and was about to begin his sixth professional season on Oct. 15, 2005, when he died in Cumming, Georgia, of a “sudden heart rhythm disturbance” caused by an enlarged heart. The NBA's D-League named their Sportsmanship Award after Jason after his death and the Atlanta Hawks invite Jason's parents to Atlanta every year to present the Jason Collier Award, given to the player that does the most for the community.