Buntin from 1965 Michiganensian
May 5, 1942|
|Died||May 9, 1968
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Northern (Detroit, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1965 / Pick: Territorial|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||324 (7.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||252 (6.0 rpg)|
|Assists||36 (0.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
In three seasons playing center for Michigan, the 6' 7" Buntin had 1,037 rebounds, ranking second in school history. He averaged 15.7 rebounds a game in 1963 and recorded 58 double-doubles in 79 games, still a school record. His 1,725 points ranks 9th in school history. Playing with Cazzie Russell in the 1963-1964 season, Buntin helped Michigan win its first Big Ten title in 16 seasons and advance to the Final Four. In his senior year, the Wolverines advanced to the 1965 NCAA title game, where they lost, 91-80, to John Wooden's UCLA. He was named an All-American in both 1964 and 1965.
During a pick-up basketball game on May 9, 1968, Buntin suffered a fatal heart attack.
Buntin has received numerous posthumous honors for his accomplishments in basketball, including:
- He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1980 as part of the third induction class. Only two basketball players, Cazzie Russell and Rudy Tomjanovich were inducted into the Hall of Honor before Buntin.
- In 2006, Buntin's jersey (#22) was honored and hung from the rafters at Crisler Arena. Buntin's jersey became the fifth to be honored in Crisler Arena. Only Cazzie Russell's jersey is retired.
- The award given each year to the best player on the Michigan basketball team is the Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award. Notable past winners include Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012, 2013), Nik Stauskas (2014), and Zak Irvin (co-winner 2015, 2016).
- "The Honored Five - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Rafters at Crisler have company, by Jack Herman, Michigan Daily, 1/10/06[permanent dead link]
- Bentley Historical Library: Bill Buntin
- Bruce Madej, Champions of the West, p. 141