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Persistence--he was cut from his high school team three times--not only landed him a spot on the varsity as a senior but launched a career that took him to college and professional stardom and a place in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Impressive play on the junior varsity earned him a berth on the varsity midway through his freshman season at UC.
Led the team in scoring and rebounding in each of his final three seasons, averaging 24.6 points and 16.5 rebounds as a senior.
Concluded his career as UC's all-time scoring (1,598) and rebounding (1,242) leader, achieving totals which five decades later rank eighth and second, respectively.
Earned second team All-American honors in 1955 (NEA, International News Service, Tempo) and was an honorable mention choice by Converse.
Taken by the Rochester Royals in the 1955 NBA draft, embarking on an 11-season NBA career.
Was named the the NBA All-Star Team in six of his 11 seasons and led the league in scoring with his 31.2 average in 1959-60.
Became the legal guardian of Royals teammate Maurice Stokes, who was stricken by a stroke at the end of the 1958 season, and helped raise money to defray Stokes' medical expenses.
Charter member of the UC Athletics Hall of Fame.
Elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.