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 CHICAGO (AP) -Curtis Watkins, a member of DePaul's 1979 Final Four basketball team, has died. He was 51.
Watkins died Monday night, the school said. His daughter, Monique, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he died of a blocked artery at his home in the Chicago suburb of Harvey.
Former coach Joey Meyer, then an assistant on father Ray Meyer's staff, called Watkins the secret weapon on a Final Four team that featured Mark Aguirre and Clyde Bradshaw.
Watkins scored 24 points in DePaul's win over UCLA that sent the Blue Demons to the Final Four. Indiana State, which featured Larry Bird, defeated DePaul in the semifinal game.
Watkins ranks 10th on the school's all-time scoring list and ninth in rebounds. Meyer called Watkins a coach's dream because of his ability to score and play defense.
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