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Former College Basketball, NBA All-Star Len Chappell Dies

Wake Forest's Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum before tip off.

A former college basketball star passed away earlier this week. Len Chappell, a former Wake Forest star, passed away at the age of 77 - no cause of death was given during the announcement.

Chappell was the Demon Deacans' first consensus All-American and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. The 6-foot-8 forward led the team to their only Final Four appearance and then won the third-place game against UCLA.

Chappell held the ACC scoring record until it was broken in 2006 by J.J. Redick. He still ranks third in the conference all-time in scoring.

Wake Forest paid tribute to their former star.

Chappell was twice the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1961 and 62. He was also named the ACC's Athlete of the Year in 1962.

Following his tremendous collegiate career, Chappell was draft No. 4 overall in the 1962 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals - who then became the Philadelphia 76ers.

He spent nine years in the NBA and was named an All-Star in the 1964 season.