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Former Syracuse Basketball Player & 'Quiet Storm' DJ Vaughn Harper Dies at 71

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While most remember him as a pioneering radio personality, Syracuse fans will remember Harper for his basketball skills.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Most people will remember Vaughn Harper as the velvety deep voice on their New York City radio dial from 1976 until 2008. The originator of "The Quiet Storm" format, there was no mistaking Harper's voice when he started talking.

Harper passed away on Saturday at the age of 71.

Longtime Syracuse Orange fans might remember Harper from a time long before he was a DJ. They might remember him as an extremely solid member of the same SU basketball team in the late 60's.

Harper played for SU between 1965 and 1968 and was a sophomore when Davie Bing and Jim Boeheim were seniors. He started alongside the two legends and averaged nine points a game. After Bing and Boeheim left he blossomed and became one of the team leaders, averaging 16.3 points and 14.4 rebounds per game as as a junior and 15.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He finished his Syracuse career with 1,070 points and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. He didn't make the team and segued into his radio career.