Bob Boozer, an Omaha native and college basketball star at Kansas State, an Olympic gold medalist and an 11-year pro, died Saturday afternoon of a brain aneurysm as the age of 75. According to his wife of 46 years, Ella, he became ill Friday evening.
Boozer was the No. 1 pick in the 1959 NBA draft after he earned All-America honors at Kansas State. Boozer played on the dominating 1960 Olympic team and played 11 years after that in the NBA where he retired after winning the 1971 NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Born and raised in Omaha, Boozer became one of the greatest players at Kansas State where he averaged 21.9 points per game. His 25.2 points a game his senior second is only behind Michael Beasley’s 26.2 points in 2007-08. Boozer led the Wildcats to the NCAA Final Four as a junior, and as a senior he helped K-State to a No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll.