Ira Harge

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Ira Lee Harge (born March 14, 1941 in Anguilla, Mississippi) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'9" center from the University of New Mexico, Harge was selected with the 4th pick in the 2nd round (11th overall) in the 1964 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Previously, in 1963, he was also selected with the 4th pick, but in the 7th round (57th overall) by the Detroit Pistons. But Harge opted to play professionally in the American Basketball Association.

Harge played six seasons (1967–1973) in the ABA as a member of the Pittsburgh Pipers (1967–68), Oakland Oaks (1968–1969), Washington Caps (1969–1970), Carolina Cougars (1970–1971 and 1973), Floridians (1971–1972), and Utah Stars (1971–1973), playing on the Pittsburgh Pipers team that won the 1968 ABA Championship and winning the 1969 ABA Championship with the Oakland Oaks. Harge maintained a double double average (10.3 points, 11.6 rebounds) over the course of his ABA career and ranks tenth on the ABA's all-time list for total rebounds (4,955).[1]

Harge's son Joe is currently head coach of the men's basketball team at New Mexico Highlands University.[2]


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    • Ira Harge at Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved 30 May 2009.