Former Kansas Women's Basketball Player Danielle Shareef Killed in Auto Accident

May 31, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas women’s basketball player Danielle Shareef was killed in an auto accident last Friday, May 26, in Tampa, Fla. Shareef was 36 years old.

Services for Shareef will be Friday, June 2 — visitation from 10 a.m. until noon and the funeral starting after — at Duane E. Harvey Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo. (9100 Blue Ridge Blvd, 816.483.8987).

Originally from Riviera Beach, Fla., Shareef started 84 of 119 games played while at KU from 1989-92 and averaged 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds for her career. An Academic All-Big Eight Conference selection, Shareef was a member of KU’s 1992 Big Eight championship team her senior season. Additionally, she was a member of the Big Eight Women’s Select Team, which traveled and competed in Czechoslovakia in 1990.

Following Kansas, Shareef played professional basketball in the U.S. and Israel. She received her undergraduate degree from KU in communications and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans in school counseling. Shareef was completing her PhD at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

“This is a tragedy,” former Kansas women’s basketball coach Marian Washington said. “Danielle was one of the sweetest and a very gentle person. I had the opportunity to speak with her just a couple of months ago and she was finishing her PhD. She wanted to eventually open up a school for young boys, especially young African-American boys, to help in their development.”

“Danielle was extremely competitive and loved the game of basketball,” Washington added. “We are going to miss her. Her teammates and other members of the Jayhawk family remain very close. This has been a real tragedy for all of us.”

“We are saddened to hear of this tragedy,” Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins said. “Danielle was a terrific representative of the University of Kansas and its athletic program.”