Former USF and Riordan High School basketball star Kevin Restani died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack at his San Francisco home. He was 58.
Restani, who spent eight years in the NBA with four teams, had just returned home from Milwaukee, where he had participated over the weekend in the North American Association of Club Athletic Directors basketball tournament. Restani played on the Golden Masters team representing the Olympic Club of San Francisco.
Despite the stakes being considerably lower in club basketball, Restani never lost his passion for the game.
“It’s not like we’re going to lose sleep if we lose, but once you’re out there, you want to do everything you can to win,” Restani told The Examiner in 2007.
Restani also attended Saturday’s Milwaukee Bucks-Atlanta Hawks playoff game. He played over 300 games in five seasons (l974-79) with the Bucks, including a trip to the 1976 playoffs. He played under coach Larry Costello and current Warriors coach Don Nelson, averaging 6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He also spent time with the Kansas City Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.
During his time at USF, the forward helped the Dons to three West Coast Conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths before becoming a third-round draft pick of the Cavaliers in 1974. Restani was inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 1985.
“It’s a sad day on the Hilltop,” USF head coach Rex Walters said. “Kevin Restani was a San Francisco guy. He was a great ambassador for the university. You could feel the great sense of pride he had in the university and the basketball program.”
A 1970 graduate of Riordan, Restani returned to his alma mater as head boys’ basketball coach from 1995-97.
Restani is survived by his wife, Roberta. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Burlingame at 11 a.m.