Legend of the National Basketball League, the NBA's predecessor, won multiple championships, scoring titles and MVP awards.
He was hailed as a sensation from his very first year at Kentucky, during which he scored nearly 400 points.
An adept close-up shooter, he urged the NBL to introduce the three-second rule, which forbade an offensive player to stay under the basket longer than three seconds.
He grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Al Cervi was another legendary player of the National Basketball League.