Lloyd Sharrar

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Lloyd Sharrar
Personal information
Born (1936-02-27)February 27, 1936
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Died January 30, 1984(1984-01-30) (aged 47)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Meadville (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
College West Virginia (1955–1958)
NBA draft 1958 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Position Center
Career history
1958–1960 Wichita Vickers
1960–1961 Cleveland Pipers
1961–1964 Akron Wingfoots
Career highlights and awards

Lloyd Sharrar (February 27, 1936 – January 30, 1984) was an American basketball player who was a college All-American at West Virginia University (WVU) and played for several years in the Amateur Athletic Union. He was also a second round pick of the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 NBA draft.

Sharrar was a 6'10 center from Meadville, Pennsylvania. He was recruited to West Virginia by Red Brown and stayed with the school through their coaching transition to Fred Schaus.[1] There he was a three-year starter for one of the most successful periods in Mountaineer basketball history. He was captain of the school's 26–2 1957–58 team, teaming with future Hall of Fame guard Jerry West, and at the conclusion of the season was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and was a third-team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United Press International (UPI). Sharrar finished his college career with 1,101 points and left as the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,178 (a record that has since been broken). In 1998, Sharrar was named to WVU's athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

He was drafted in 1958 by the Philadelphia Warriors in the second round of the NBA draft (12th pick overall), but opted instead to play industrial basketball in the AAU, which allowed him to start a business career while playing. Sharrar played six years of industrial basketball for the Wichita Vickers, the Cleveland Pipers and the Akron Wingfoots. He won three AAU championships (one with each team) and was named an AAU All-American in 1964.[3]

Sharrar died on January 30, 1984 in Lincoln, Nebraska from a malignant brain tumor.[4]


  1. ^ "Shaus singles out Sharrar as best center he's seen". The Free Lance–Star. February 12, 1957. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lloyd Sharrar WVU HOF profile". West Virginia Mountaineers. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Grundman, Adolph H. (2004). The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball:The AAU Tournament, 1921–1968. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 192, 213–221, 269. ISBN 0-8032-7117-4.
  4. ^ "Lloyd Sharrar obituary". New York Times. February 2, 1984. Retrieved January 29, 2016.

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