Former Houston Cougars star Reggie Chaney dead at 23

By Mariana Smith

August 22, 2023


(courtesy Houston Athletics)

Reggie Chaney, a forward who was part of Houston’s Final Four team in 2021, has died. He was 23.

Chaney was found unresponsive in an apartment in Arlington, Texas, on Monday, by Arlington Police.

The cause of death was unknown, but that foul play was not suspected following a preliminary investigation.

It was widely known that Chaney had signed a contract to play professionally in Greece and was set to leave next week.

Chaney spent two years at Arkansas before joining the Cougars for the 2020-21 season. He appeared in 32 games with 13 starts as Houston reached the Final Four for the first time since the Phi Slama Jama teams of Clyde Drexler, Akeem Olajuwon, Larry Micheaux and Michael Young made it three straight years from 1982-84.

Chaney played in 104 games over three seasons with the Cougars, averaging 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.