Chico Vaughn

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Chico Vaughn
Personal information
Born(1940-02-19)February 19, 1940
Hodges Park, Illinois
DiedOctober 25, 2013(2013-10-25) (aged 73)
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolTamms (Tamms, Illinois)
CollegeSouthern Illinois (1959–1962)
NBA draft1962 / Round: 4 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career1962–1970
Number17, 10
Career history
19621965St. Louis Hawks
19651967Detroit Pistons
19671970Pittsburgh / Minnesota Pipers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points5,822 (11.9 ppg)
Rebounds1,224 (2.5 rpg)
Assists1,024 (2.1 apg)
Stats at

Charles "Chico" Vaughn (February 19, 1940 – October 25, 2013) was an American basketball player. At 6'2", he played the guard position.

Vaughn is the highest scorer in Illinois high school boys basketball, tallying 3,358 points during his career at Tamms High School in Tamms, Illinois (1954–1958). He was born in nearby Hodges Park, Illinois, then moved with his family to Portland, Oregon before returning to Tamms at age 7.

Vaughn also is the all-time leading scorer for Southern Illinois, where he scored 2,088 points for the Salukis and had his uniform number (20) retired by the school. He had an unorthodox behind the head release that made his shot difficult to block.

After leaving college, Vaughn played five seasons (1962–67) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the St. Louis Hawks and Detroit Pistons. He joined the rival American Basketball Association in 1967 and played three seasons there as a member of the Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers. Vaughn was the fourth leading scorer (19.9 points per game) on the 1967–68 Pipers team which won the 1968 ABA Championship.

Vaughn returned to SIU to obtain his college diploma in 1988.

He died on October 26, 2013 of cancer at the age of 73.[1]


  1. ^ "SIU hoops legend 'Chico' Vaughn dies at 73". The Southern Illinoisian. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.

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