UNC Basketball Legend Lennie Rosenbluth Dies at 89

UNC men’s basketball legend Lennie Rosenbluth handed absent Saturday, the application introduced on Twitter. He was 89 several years old.

Initially from The Bronx, N.Y., Rosenbluth grew to become one of the greatest players in software background beneath head mentor Frank McGuire. Rosenbluth played 3 seasons at Carolina from 1955-57, becoming named very first team All-ACC all three many years. He averaged at the very least 25 points per sport in just about every of people seasons, pairing that with averages of 11 rebounds for every recreation in 1955 and 1956.

But it is Rosenbluth’s senior season which has turn into known as a person of the most unforgettable in program record. Rosenbluth averaged a UNC solitary-period history of 28 details per recreation in 1957, supporting the Tar Heels blaze by way of the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. He was named ACC Player of the 12 months, a consensus to start with crew All-American and the National Participant of the Year, all even though main Carolina to the NCAA title match in opposition to Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas.

Rosenbluth and the undersized Tar Heels took the Jayhawks to triple overtime, UNC’s next triple time beyond regulation video game in a row. Rosenbluth scored 20 of Carolina’s 54 points in the activity, but it was Joe Quigg’s go-forward totally free throws and steal on the final Kansas possession which sealed the 54-53 victory. With the earn, UNC accomplished a 32- season and clinched the program’s 1st NCAA title in men’s basketball. It was also the first in ACC history.

Rosenbluth’s No. 10 jersey has due to the fact been retired by the program. His profession scoring common of 26.9 details for each activity is a Carolina history, and his 2,047 points scored are the most ever by a Tar Heel in three seasons. Rosenbluth was picked with the No. 6 overall decide on in the 1957 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors, who ironically would select Chamberlain just two a long time later. In 2002, Rosenbluth was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary men’s basketball crew.

“[He] is likely dependable for a lot more Carolina Basketball followers than any unique other than Michael Jordan,” wrote Adam Lucas. “And you could make a incredibly fair argument that with no Rosenbluth, there was no Jordan.”


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