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Husky Men's Basketball

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November 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Former UCLA great and original Sonic Walt Hazzard dies

Former UCLA great Walt Hazzard, who was the Seattle SuperSonics first star player, died Friday at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center from complications following heart surgery. He was 69.
Here’s a press release and photo gallery from UCLA.
Hazzard was a senior co-captain of the 1964 national title team that went 30-0 under coach John Wooden. He averaged a career-high 18.6 points as a playmaking guard. He was chosen college basketball’s player of the year, having averaged 19.8 points in the NCAA tournament where he was selected as the MVP.
He also helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Sonics selected Hazzard in the May 1, 1967 expansion draft. He averaged a team-high 24 points and 6.2 assists in 79 games and earned the only All-Star selection of his 10-year NBA career that season. The Sonics traded him to Atlanta for Lenny Wilkens before the 1968-69 season.
Hazzard also coached four years (1984-88) at UCLA compiling a 77-47 record.
Hazzard converted to Islam after he left UCLA and changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman. He felt the change cost him professional opportunities and returned to using his birth name professionally while remaining a Muslim.

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