Ken Durrett

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Ken Durrett
Personal information
Born (1948-12-08)December 8, 1948
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died January 7, 2001(2001-01-07) (aged 52)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Schenley (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College La Salle (1968–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1971–1977
Position Power forward
Number 33
Career history
19711975 Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1975 Philadelphia 76ers
1975–1977 Lancaster Red Roses
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth L. Durrett (December 8, 1948 – January 7, 2001) was an American professional basketball player with the NBA's Kansas City Kings and Philadelphia 76ers. A 6'7 Forward, Durrett was a star at La Salle University from 1968–71.

La Salle[edit]

Durrett was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Schenley High School and committed to La Salle. Durrett played for the Explorers from 1968–71 and was a three-time recipient of the Robert V. Geasey Trophy, awarded annually to the top player in the Philadelphia Big 5 – one of only four players to accomplish this feat. Durrett finished his collegiate career with 1,679 points (23.6 per game) and led the Big 5 in scoring each of his three years. He was a Co-MVP in the Big 5 as a sophomore in 1969, during the Explorers’ 23-1 season. Durrett led La Salle to a berth in the 1971 National Invitation Tournament and was a Consensus second-team All-American in 1971.[1] He was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1975 and the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 1976. A knee injury ended his college career.

NBA[edit]

After completing his collegiate eligibility, Durrett was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals with the fourth pick overall in the 1971 NBA draft. Durrett, still slowed by his college knee injury, played parts of four seasons for the Royals and stayed with the franchise as they became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. He was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through the 1974–75 NBA season and retired at the end of that season. His career averages were 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.[2]

After a post-playing career as a community activist and basketball coach in his native Pittsburgh, Durrett died at age 52 of an apparent heart attack.[3]

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