Kenneth Herman "Kenny" Rollins (September 14, 1923 – October 9, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. He competed at the 1948 London Olympics[1] and was a member of the University of Kentucky's "Fabulous Five" who won the 1948 NCAA Tournament.[2] His college career was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War II. He was voted to the All-SEC and All-SEC Tourney teams following his junior and senior seasons.

Kenny Rollins
Personal information
Born(1923-09-14)September 14, 1923
Charleston, Missouri
DiedOctober 9, 2012(2012-10-09) (aged 89)
Greencastle, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight168 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High schoolWickliffe
(Wickliffe, Kentucky)
CollegeKentucky (1942–1943, 1946–1948)
NBA draft1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons
Playing career1948–1953
PositionPoint guard
Number16, 4
Career history
19481950Chicago Stags
1950–1951Louisville Alumnites
1952–1953Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career BAA and NBA statistics
Points817 (4.9 ppg)
Rebounds45 (1.0 rpg)
Assists344 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

His brother, Phil, played for the University of Louisville and spent 3 seasons in the NBA.

BiographyEdit

 
A jersey honoring Rollins hangs in Rupp Arena.

Born in Charleston, Missouri, Rollins played high school basketball in Wickliffe, Kentucky. He later played professionally for the Chicago Stags of the BAA and the NBA, the Louisville Alumnites of the National Professional Basketball League and the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He died in October 2012 in Greencastle, Indiana where he had lived with his son since 2004.[3][4]

BAA/NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1948–49 Chicago 59 .277 .740 2.8 6.2
1949–50 Chicago 66 .342 .742 2.0 5.4
1952–53 Boston 43 9.9 .330 .815 1.0 1.1 2.3
Career 168 9.9 .309 .750 1.0 2.0 4.9

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1949 Chicago 2 .000 .000 1.0 .0
1950 Chicago 2 .000 .000 .0 .0
1953 Boston 6 10.8 .400 1.000 1.3 1.2 3.3
Career 10 10.8 .250 1.000 1.3 .9 2.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kenny Rollins Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "All-Time Kentucky Team (Starting PG): #12 Ralph Beard". straitpinkie.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Former Wildcat Rollins dead at 89
  4. ^ Kenny Rollins, former member of UK Fabulous 5, dies at 89 | Sports | Kentucky.com Retrieved November 14, 2014.

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