Ollie Darden

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Darden from the 1966 Michignensian

Oliver M. "Ollie" Darden (born July 28, 1944 in Aberdeen, Mississippi) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'7" forward/center from the University of Michigan. He was a 3-year starter along with Cazzie Russell, in what is claimed to be the "greatest basketball era at Michigan." They won or shared the Big Ten title each year. In the sophomore year, they advanced in the NCAA tournament, eventually losing to Duke in the Final Four. The junior year they lost the NCAA final game 91-80 to UCLA. The senior year, they advanced to the regional final, losing to Kentucky and Adolph Rupp, a season in which Oliver was team captain.

Darden played in the American Basketball Association from 1967 to 1970 as a member of the Indiana Pacers, New York Nets, and Kentucky Colonels. He was drafted in 1966 with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round (22nd overall) by the NBA's Detroit Pistons, but never played for them.[1]

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