Evansville’s Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan is best known for coaching the Utah Jazz  for what seemed like an eternity, but  he was a pretty darn good basketball player himself during his college and pro days.  Sloan first attended Illinois.  He spent five weeks there and left because he was homesick.  Then he went to Evansville, where his three-year scoring average was 15.5 points per game, and he led the Purple Aces in scoring all three seasons.  Evansville, with Sloan leading the way, was 29-0 in 1965, and he was a first team Little All-American.  I had they opportunity to play against Sloan that year  when I was playing for UMass.  A 6’5″ guard, he scored 29 points and pulled down 19 offensive rebounds .  Sloan was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets.  He played for them for one year, and then went on and played for the Chicago Bulls.  A tenacious defensive player, Sloan was name to the NBA All-Defensive Team four times.  A  very good rebounder for a guard, he averaged 7.4 rebounds per game for his career. Sloan  scored  a career-high 43 points against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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