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Former UH guard Rob Williams passes away


Congestive heart failure claimed former UH guard Rob Williams’ life last week.

Williams, 52, died on March 10. He competed for the Cougars from 1979 to 1982 and still is UH’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,838 points. He was a key member for Houston during the late 1970s and early 1980s and helped lead the Cougars to a combined 70 wins in three seasons and the 1982 NCAA Final Four.

“We are deeply saddened on the passing of Rob Williams and offer our condolences to his family and friends,” said head coach James Dickey in a statement. “Rob was an outstanding player at Houston and helped pave the way for our great Phi Slama Jama teams. He will be greatly missed.”

Williams played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets after the team selected him with the No. 19 pick in the 1982 NBA Draft. In two seasons in the NBA, he competed in 153 games and scored more than 1,300 points.

He also competed professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League and played overseas in Italy, Australia, Spain and the Philippines.

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