Myer Skoog

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Myer Skoog
Personal information
Born(1926-11-02)November 2, 1926
Duluth, Minnesota
DiedApril 4, 2019(2019-04-04) (aged 92)
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolBrainerd (Brainerd, Minnesota)
CollegeMinnesota (1948–1951)
NBA draft1951 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career1951–1957
Number41, 20
Career history
19511957Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points2,800 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,133 (3.3 rpg)
Assists903 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

Myer Upton "Whitey" Skoog (November 2, 1926 – April 4, 2019) was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Minneapolis Lakers. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota.[1]

A 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) and 180 lb (82 kg) guard, Skoog played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. Following his All-America senior season, he was drafted as a territorial pick in the first round of the 1951 NBA draft by the Lakers.

The Lakers won three NBA Championships in his first three years in the league. Skoog played in six seasons in the NBA before back injuries forced his retirement. Some credit Skoog with being the creator of the jump shot and one of the first players to use a jump shot in an organized game. Following his career in the NBA, Skoog became the men's basketball coach and golf coach at Gustavus Adolphus College. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1987.

Skoog resided in an assisted living facility in St. Peter, Minnesota in his later years. He died on April 4, 2019 at the age of 92.[2]


  1. ^ Christgau, John (1999). "Fire, Myer!". Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 1–29. ISBN 0-8032-6394-5.
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