Gene Rock

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Gene Rock
Personal information
BornNovember 4, 1921
DiedOctober 31, 2002(2002-10-31) (aged 80)
Coronado, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High schoolHuntington Park
(Huntington Park, California)
CollegeUSC (1941–1943, 1946–1947)
BAA draft1947 / Undrafted
Playing career1947–1948
PositionGuard
Number15
Career history
1947Birmingham Skyhawks
1947–1948Chicago Stags
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA statistics
Points10 (0.9 ppg)
Assists0 (0.0 apg)
Games played11
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eugene Rock (November 4, 1921 – October 31, 2002) was an American professional basketball player who played in the Professional Basketball League of America (PBLA) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) during the 1947–48 season.[1][2] A native of Huntington Beach, California, Rock attended Huntington Beach High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California to play basketball.[1] While at USC, Rock earned varsity letters in 1942, 1943 and 1947.[3] Like many male college athletes during his day, Rock served in the military for two years before finishing college; he was in the Marine Corps.[3] Rock led the Trojans in scoring during 1942–43 (12.6 points per game) and again in 1946–47 (11.1 ppg).[3] During the former season, USC finished with a then-school record 23–5 mark en route to winning the Pacific Coast League Southern Division title.[3] Rock was also a teammate of future College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Tex Winter.

After his college career ended, Rock went on to play for the Birmingham Skyhawks in the PBLA, which was a professional basketball league that lasted for less than one full season due to underfunding. He averaged 6.9 points per game in seven games before the league folded.[2] Rock then signed with the Chicago Stags of the BAA. In 11 games played, he averaged 0.9 points.[1] His basketball career ended after the season, and Rock went on to work for the Los Angeles Police Department, where he eventually became a captain.[3] Rock retired in 1979, and lived the rest of his life in the San Diego area. On October 31, 2002, he succumbed to cancer.[3]

BAA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played
 FG%  Field-goal percentage
 FT%  Free-throw percentage
 APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1947–48 Chicago 11 .222 .500 .0 .9
Career 11 .222 .500 .0 .9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP FG% FT% APG PPG
1948 Chicago 2 .000 .000 .0 .0
Career 2 .000 .000 .0 .0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gene Rock". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Professional Basketball League of America 1947–48". apbr.org. The Association for Professional Basketball Research. 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Former Trojans player Rock dies". Sports Illustrated. CNN. November 1, 2002. Retrieved October 4, 2010.