John Crigler

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John Crigler
No. 32
Personal information
Born (1936-05-31)May 31, 1936
Hebron, Kentucky
Died December 1, 2012(2012-12-01) (aged 76)
Georgetown, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Hebron (Hebron, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1955–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Undrafted
Career highlights and awards

John Lloyd Crigler (May 31, 1936 – December 1, 2012) was an American basketball player best known as a starting forward for the "Fiddlin' Five," the University of Kentucky's 1958 NCAA championship team.

Crigler, a 6'3" forward from Hebron, Kentucky, played three years for the Wildcats from 1955 to 1958. As a junior in 1956–57, Crigler was fourth on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game as the team went 23-5 and were Southeastern Conference champions. As a senior in 1957–58, Crigler increased his scoring to 13.6 per game and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1958 NCAA championship.[1] Crigler had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the final against Seattle University, led by Elgin Baylor.

Following the close of his Kentucky career, Crigler became a high school teacher, coach and administrator at Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky for more than 40 years.[2]

Crigler died on December 1, 2012.[2]


  1. ^ pages 238-239 "2011-12 Kentucky men's basketball media guide, pages 34-36". Kentucky Athletics. 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Former UK great, SCHS teacher, coach John Crigler dies at 76". Georgetown News-Graphic. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 

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