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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Men's Basketball

Former co-captain Luckenbill passes away following battle with cancer


Former UH All-America honorable mention and NBA player Ted Luckenbill passed away Sunday in Dallas at the age of 72.

Luckenbill also played a major role in Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, grabbing two offensive rebounds that set up Chamberlain’s final two points in March 1962.

He was a member of the Cougars basketball team from 1958-1961, playing a total of 72 games while averaging 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

During his senior year, Luckenbill was co-captain and averaged 18 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, earning him an All-America honorable mention.

After leaving UH, he was drafted No. 15 overall by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1961. Luckenbill would go on to score 196 points in 87 NBA games — a career that was ultimately cut short after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 23.

While at UH, Luckenbill played under legendary coach Guy V. Lewis, helping the Coogs to their first two winning seasons under the new coach.

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