Georgia Bulldogs great and longtime NBA player Tim Bassett has died. He was 67 years old.
Bassett, a Washington, D.C. native, began his college career at College of Southern Idaho, where he was a junior college All-American.
The 6-foot-8 forward joined the Dawgs in 1971, and in two seasons with the SEC club, became one of its most prolific rebounders.
More on Tim Bassett’s Georgia career, from WGAU:
Tim Bassett has died: Bassett was an all SEC center for the Georgia Bulldog basketball team, one of the first black Bulldog basketball players in the early 1970s. The Washington DC native, who went on to a career in the NBA, was 67 years old.
Bassett’s season rebounding totals in 1972-73 (368) and 1971-72 (337) rank No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, in the Bulldogs’ record books. He also is No. 2 in career rebounding average (13.6 rpg) and No. 10 in career boards (705) despite playing only 52 games over two seasons.
Bassett’s single-game career highs – 36 points against Kentucky on Feb. 19, 1973 and 22 rebounds versus South Alabama on Dec. 6, 1971 – both rank No. 14 all-time in Georgia Basketball history.
Bassett went on to a lengthy professional basketball career, in both the ABA and NBA. He was drafted by the NBA’s Buffalo Braves and ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors in 1973, opting for the warm-weather city.
He wound up playing for the Nets, and took home the 1976 ABA title before the two leagues merged. He finished his career in the United States with a season on the San Antonio Spurs in 1980. He finished his pro career with a few seasons in Italy.
Our thoughts go out to Bassett’s family.