Harry Flournoy

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Harry Flournoy
Personal information
Born (1943-12-10)December 10, 1943
Fall River, Massachusetts
Died November 26, 2016(2016-11-26) (aged 72)
Atlanta, Georgia
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Career information
High school Emerson (Gary, Indiana)
College UTEP (1963–1966)
NBA draft 1966 / Undrafted
Position Forward
Career highlights and awards

Harry Flournoy Jr. (December 10, 1943 – November 26, 2016)[1] was an American college basketball player, originally from Gary, Indiana.

Family Life[edit]

Flournoy was born on December 10th 1943 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Early in his childhood his family moved to Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from Emerson High School (Gary) in 1962.

After his career at Texas Western, Flournoy became a teacher and basketball coach at an elementary school in El Paso, Texas. In 1972 his family moved to California where he became a sales representative.[1] Flournoy has six children: one daughter from his first marriage, and three daughters and two sons from his second marriage; and no children from his 3rd (last) marriage. He resided in McDonough, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

Flournoy died on November 26, 2016 in McDonough, Georgia.[1][2]


He played college basketball for Texas Western College, later called the University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP; he made history when his team won an NCAA Division I National Championship with the first ever all African-American starting lineup under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins in 1966.[3] He only played for six minutes in the championship game before twisting his knee, but following the victory he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated rebounding a ball over Pat Riley.[4]

In the 2006 film Glory Road, about the 1966 championship team, Flournoy was portrayed by Mehcad Brooks.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bromwich, Jonah Engel (2016-11-28). "Harry Flournoy Jr., Part of First All-Black Starting Five to Win N.C.A.A. Title, Dies at 72". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  2. ^ Harry Flournoy passes away at 72
  3. ^ Schecter, B.J. "Harry Flournoy, Texas Western Forward March 28, 1966". SI.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ "The Greatest Sports Illustrated College Basketball Covers". www.cgccomics.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  5. ^ Gartner, James (2006-01-13), Glory Road, retrieved 2016-11-30