A former men’s college basketball star passed away at the age of 64 on Friday, his school announced.
Terry Duerod, a college basketball star at the University of Detroit and an NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, died this week.
The former guard was a standout at Detroit playing for Dick Vitale. Duerod played four seasons at Detroit, averaging 23.3 points a game his senior season. The talented guard led Detroit to the NCAA Tournament that season.
Duerod would go on to play in the NBA. He spent time with the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Duerod won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1981.
The former college basketball star turned NBA player died of Leukemia.
“So sad to learn about the passing of Terry Duerod,” Dick Vitale said. “He is one of the really special players at the university. I am absolutely crushed. I found out with a phone call from his wife this morning that he had passed from cancer. He was unique. He was Mr. Excitement. When the ball was in his hands, the crowd was in a frenzy.”
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 14, 2020
“His range was the minute he came out of the locker room,” Vitale added. “I am telling you, if there was a 3-point line during that era, he would have put points up at a staggering rate and his stat totals would be way higher than they are.”
Our thoughts are with Terry’s friends and family.
May he rest in peace.