Former Kansas Jayhawks star forward and Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette passed away at his home in North Manchester, Indiana after a long battle with cancer, according to NBC Sports.
Lovellette was 86 and was the first of seven players to win NCAA, NBA and Olympic championships.
Standing 6-foot-10, Lovellette was on the 1952 Kansas team coached by Phog Allen that defeated St. John’s in the championship game of that year’s NCAA Tournament. He led the nation with 28.6 points per game his senior year and went on to be drafted ninth overall by the then-Minneapolis Lakers in 1952.
Lovellette would go on to play 11 NBA seasons with the Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks and Boston Celtics. His versatility made him a star everywhere he played and he finished his career with three championship rings, one with the Lakers and two with the Celtics. For his career, he averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
In retirement, Lovellette returned home to Indiana and became active in local causes including education and even serving as Sheriff of Vigo County.
“Clyde’s passing is a big loss for anyone who has ever supported Kansas Athletics,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He was a great player, a national champion and Olympic gold medalist. He was a beloved teammate and a great ambassador for his alma mater. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Campus Sports sends its condolences to the family of Clyde Lovellette.