Felton Spencer, who was the Louisville Cardinals’ all-time leader in career field goal percentage and No. 6th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, passed away over the weekend at the age of 55.
Felton Spencer, a Former Louisville Basketball Star, Dead at 55
Following his death, the basketball star’s youngest sister Tammy Pollock confirmed the loss of her brother via social media. On March 12th, Pollock wrote to multiple news outlets on Twitter, “Our beloved Felton Spencer – former @uofl basketball legend, retired 12-year NBA veteran and 6th pick in the 1990 NBA draft, and former assistant college coach – passed away peacefully this afternoon.”
In a following tweet, she expressed the sentiments, “It was befitting that he received excellent care in his final hours from the providers at the University of Louisville Hospital, his Alma mater that he loved so dearly.”
“Our family thanks them and everyone who participated in his care,” Pollock added. “We are proud of all he did on the court and in his personal life. He was a kind, gentle giant whose physical presence will be sorely missed. While we are heartbroken, we are comforted by your thoughts and prayers.”
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After the news was broken, the University of Louisville mourned the death of their former teammate. Since the basketball player is recognized as one of the best athletes to come out of their school, it is no surprise their men’s basketball program wrote, “We’re heartbroken by the passing of UofL great Felton Spencer.”
“Spencer was the Cardinals’ all-time leader in career field goal percentage, the 6th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, & a beloved member of the Louisville community,” they continued. “Our thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones.”
Spencer began his college basketball career in 1986, and during his four years at the University of Louisville, he assisted his team in three consecutive Metro Conference tournament wins and two Sweet 16 appearances.
After concluding his college career, the basketball star went on to enter himself in the NBA draft, where he was selected as the No.6 overall pick in 1990 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In addition to the Timberwolves, he spent time with various other teams, including Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and New York Nicks.
Although he retired from playing professional basketball in the year 2002, his love for the sport never dwindled. Spencer went on to become an assistant coach at Spalding University and Bellarmine University.
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