LSU & the NBA's "Pistol" Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pete Maravich Pete Maravich from his days at LSU, taken from Fox Sports Position(s): Guard Jersey #(s): 44, 7, 23 Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg) Born: June 22, 1947(1947-06-22) Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Died: January 5, 1988 (aged 40) Pasadena, California Career information Year(s): 1970–1980 NBA Draft: 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3 College: LSU Professional team(s) Atlanta Hawks (1970?74) New Orleans Jazz (1974?79) Utah Jazz (1979-80) Boston Celtics (1979-80) Career stats Points 15,948 PPG 24.2 Assists 3,563 Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com Career highlights and awards Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987) 2x USBWA College Player of the Year (1969, 1970) Naismith Award (1970) 2x All-NBA First Team (1976, 1977) 2x All-NBA Second Team (1973, 1978) NBA All-Rookie Team (1971) 5x NBA All-Star (1973, 1974, 1977-1979) NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996) Utah Jazz #7 retired (1985) New Orleans Hornets #7 retired (2002) Basketball Hall of Fame Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American basketball player known for his dazzling ballhandling, incredible shooting abilities, and creative passing. He learned at a very young age fundamental basketball and ball handling drills from his father, coach Press Maravich. He would follow his father and coach throughout the eastern and gulf seaboards as a young man before exploding onto the National Basketball Association (NBA) in his own right. Nicknamed "Pistol Pete", Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University (LSU) and for three NBA teams. Maravich is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer, averaging a staggering 44.2 points per game, without the benefit of a three-point line and despite the fact that when Pete was in his first year of college, the NCAA had separate freshmen and varsity basketball teams and freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity team. Years later former LSU head basketball coach Dale Brown charted every college game Maravich played, taking into consideration all shots Pete took. The coach calculated that at the NCAA rule of a three-point line at 19-foot, 9-inches from the rim, Maravich would have averaged thirteen 3-point scores per game, which would have given the player a career average of 57 points per game. Contents 1 Early life 1.1 College 1.2 NBA 2 Later life and death 3 Legacy 4 Video game depictions 5 Awards and records 5.1 Collegiate 5.2 Professional 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links Early life Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, a small steel town in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Maravich amazed his family and friends with his basketball abilities from an early age. His father Press Maravich, a former professional player turned coach, showed Pete the fundamentals starting when Pete was seven years old. Maravich would obsessively spend hours practicing ball control tricks, passes, head fakes, and long range shots. The elder Maravich required his son to make 100 shots from the free throw line in their driveway every night after supper before he would be allowed to go to bed. Maravich claimed he often made 99 straight before deliberately missing the next several shots just so he could continue playing ball outside. Maravich's father claims that at the age of 13 the younger Maravich once succeeded in making 500 consecutive free throws one evening after school, stopping only when it became too dark to see the rim, illuminated only by the elder Maravich's flashlight. Pete got his nickname, "the Pistol," in high school. He would shoot the ball from the side like he was holding a pistol. Since he wasn't strong enough to shoot it from the front someone from a newspaper said "He shoots like he's holding a pistol." Maravich attended and played basketball at Daniel High School in Central, SC from 1961-1963. While at Daniel, Pete participated in the school's first ever game against a team from the then colored school. In 1963, the family moved to Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC. 
College When he took the court for his first freshman game at LSU, a large crowd turned out to see what all the fuss was about. In those days, freshman players did not play with the varsity squad. So, after Maravich put up 50 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists on Southeastern Louisiana College, the crowd got up and went home, ignoring the varsity game. And so it would go the rest of the season, as LSU's freshman squad lost only one game, while the varsity team won only three. Noted for his mop of brown hair and floppy socks, Maravich scored more points in college than any other player in history. In only three years playing for his father Press Maravich at LSU, Maravich scored 3,667 points — 1,138 points in 1968, 1,148 points in 1969 and 1,381 points in 1970 while averaging 43.8, 44.2 and 44.5 points per game. In the process, "Pistol Pete" set 11 NCAA and 34 Southeastern Conference records, as well as every LSU record in points scored, scoring average, field goals attempted and made, and free throws attempted and made, and assists. In his collegiate career, the 6' 5" (1.96 m) guard averaged an incredible 44.2 points per game in 83 contests and led the NCAA in scoring three times. Pete made an average of 13 shots a game from what is now the three-point line; if the three-point line had existed when he played, he would have averaged 57 points a game. He also set an NCAA record by scoring more than 50 points 28 times. He was named a three-time All-American and still holds many of these records, more than 35 years later. Notably, his 3,667 points don't factor in the 741 he scored his freshman year, or the fact that they played without the three-point line. Maravich was a three time first team All-American and was named The Sporting News' player of the year in 1970, and received the USBWA College Player of the Year and Naismith Award as well. He scored a personal record of 69 points versus Alabama during a game that year, and garnered numerous other awards and college records. Pete Maravich was classified as one of the greatest players in college basketball history who never played in the NCAA tournament. Maravich shone on the court and LSU slowly turned around a lackluster program. The year before he arrived, the varsity posted a 3-20 record. In Pete's senior season, LSU was 20-8 and participated in the NIT, where they were defeated by Marquette 101-79 in the semi-finals. Maravich was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon while at LSU. NBA After graduating from LSU in 1970, Maravich was the third selection in the first round of that year's NBA player draft and made league history when he signed a $1.6 million contract — one of the highest salaries at the time — with the Atlanta Hawks. He wasted little time becoming a prime time player by averaging 23.2 points per game his rookie season and being named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. After spending four seasons in Atlanta, Maravich was traded to the New Orleans Jazz for 8 players, where he peaked as an NBA showman and superstar. He made the All-NBA First Team in 1976 and 1977 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1973 and 1978. He led the NBA in scoring in the 1976-77 with 31.1 points per game. Prior to the 1979-80 season, Maravich moved with the team to Utah. He was waived by the Jazz on January 18, 1980 and was quickly picked up by the Boston Celtics where he played the rest of the season alongside Larry Bird. Maravich retired in the fall of 1980. In ten NBA seasons, Maravich, a five time NBA All-Star, scored 15,948 points in 658 games for a 24.2 points per game average (16th All Time). His NBA single game high, a 68-point explosion before fouling out, came against the New York Knicks on February 25, 1977. Later life and death A leg injury during the 1977-78 NBA season started the downward spiral into alcoholism, and signaled the decline of his career. After the injury forced him to leave basketball in the fall of 1980, Maravich became a recluse for two years. Through it all, Maravich said he was searching "for life." He tried the practices of yoga and Hinduism, read Trappist monk Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain and took an interest in the field of ufology, the study of unidentified flying objects.
He also explored vegetarianism and macrobiotics. In 1982, he became a Christian and began traveling the country sharing his new found faith in Jesus Christ. A few years prior to his death, Maravich said, "I want to be remembered as a Christian, a person that serves Him to the utmost. Not as a basketball player." On January 5, 1988, Pete Maravich collapsed and died, at age 40, of a heart attack just after playing in a pickup basketball game in the gym at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena with a group that included Focus on the Family head James Dobson. (Maravich had flown out from his home in Louisiana to tape a segment for Dobson's radio show later that day.) Dobson has said that his last words, less than a minute before he died, were "I feel great." An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a rare congenital defect; he had been born with a missing left coronary artery, a vessel which supplies blood to the muscle fibers of the heart. His right coronary artery was grossly enlarged and had been compensating for the defect. "He'll be remembered always", former LSU head basketball coach Dale Brown said on hearing the news of Maravich's death. "When we see some tousled-haired kid with drooping socks standing on some semi-darkened court or in a yard after everyone else has gone home, he will be shooting a basketball, and we will remember Pete." At the age of 25 and years before his death, Maravich told Pennsylvania reporter, Andy Nuzzo, "I don't want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40." Maravich is buried at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Legacy Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May 1987. He is the youngest player ever to be inducted. After Maravich's death, Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed a proclamation officially renaming the LSU home court the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in 1988. In 1991, a biographical film dramatizing his 8th grade season entitled, The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend, was released. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History by a panel made up of NBA historians, and coaches. He was the only deceased player on the list. In 2001, a comprehensive 90-minute documentary film debuted on CBS entitled, Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich. In 2005, ESPNU named Maravich the greatest college basketball player of all-time. In 2007, two biographies of Maravich were released: MARAVICH by Wayne Federman and Marshall Terrill, and Pistol by Mark Kriegel In 2007, to promote Mark Kriegel's book "Pistol", Fox Sports conducted a contest to find "Pete Maravich's Biggest Fan".
The winner was Scott Pollack of Sunrise, FL. Pete is survived by his two sons Jaeson and Josh who both carry on the Maravich name in collegiate play. Jaeson at William Carey College and Josh at Louisiana State University. They represented their father in the 50 Greatest Players ceremony. Video game depictions Is a legend in every NBA Live series made. In NBA Ballers with a flashback haircut. In NCAA March Madness as "LSU PG #12" on the All-Time LSU team. In NBA Street Vol. 2 and NBA Street V3 In NBA Street Showdown In NBA 2K7 In NBA 2K8 In NBA 08 In NBA Live 06 Awards and records Collegiate The Sporting News College Player of the Year (1970) USBWA College Player of the Year (1969, 1970) Naismith Award Winner (1970) The Sporting News All-America First Team (1968, 1969, 1970) Three-time AP and UPI First-Team All-America (1968, 1969, 1970) Holds NCAA career record for most points (3,667, 44.2 ppg, three-year career) in 83 games Holds NCAA career record for highest points per game average (44.2 ppg) Holds NCAA record for most field goals made (1,387) and attempted (3,166) Holds NCAA record for most free throws made (893) and attempted (1,152) Holds NCAA record for most games scoring at least 50 points (28) Holds NCAA single-season record for most points (1,381) and highest per game average (44.5 ppg) in 1970 Holds NCAA single-season record for most field goals made (522) and attempted (1,168) in 1970 Holds NCAA single-season record for most games scoring at least 50 points (10) in 1970 Holds NCAA single-game record for most free throws made (30 of 31) against Oregon State on Dec. 22, 1969 Led the NCAA Division I in scoring with 43.8 ppg (1968); 44.2 (1969) and 44.5 ppg (1970) Averaged 43.6 ppg on the LSU freshman team (1967) Scored a career-high 69 points vs. Alabama (Feb. 7, 1970); 66 vs. Tulane (Feb. 10, 1969); 64 vs. Kentucky (Feb. 21, 1970); 61 vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 11, 1969); Holds LSU records for most field goals in a game (26) against Vanderbilt on Jan. 29, 1969 and attempted (57) against Vanderbilt All-Southeastern Conference (1968, 1969, 1970) In 1988, Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed legislation changing the official name of LSU's home court to the Maravich Assembly Center #23 Jersey retired by LSU (2007) One of only 4 players to have his number retired by a team he never played for (New Orleans Hornets) In 1970, Maravich led LSU to a 20-8 record and a third place finish in the NIT Team Year Games Points PPG LSU 1966-67 17 741 43.6 LSU 1967-68 26 1138 43.8 LSU 1968-69 26 1148 44.2 LSU 1969-70 31 1381 44.5 TOTALS 1967-70 83 3667 44.2 Professional NBA All-Rookie Team All-NBA First Team (1976, 1978) All-NBA Second Team (1973, 1978) Five-time NBA All-Star (1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979) Scored 15,948 points (24.2 ppg) in 658 games Top 16 scoring average NBA history (24.2) Led the NBA in scoring (31.1 ppg) in 1977, his career best Scored a career-high 68 points against the New York Knicks on Feb. 25, 1977 Shares NBA single-game record for most free throws made in one quarter (14) on Nov. 28, 1973 against Buffalo Shares NBA single-game record for most free throws attempted in one quarter (16) on Jan. 2, 1973 against Chicago #7 jersey retired by the Utah Jazz (1985) #7 jersey retired by the Superdome (1988) NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996) #7 jersey retired by the New Orleans Hornets (2002)
See also List of individual National Basketball Association scoring leaders by season List of National Basketball Association players with 60 or more points in a game References Heir to a Dream: Pistol Pete Maravich Federman, Wayne and Marshall, Terrill in collaboration with Jackie Maravich: MARAVICH page 68. Sport Classic Books, 2007. 1970 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com Deseret Morning News | 25 years later the Jazz are going strong Federman, Wayne and Marshall,Terrill in collaboration with Jackie Maravich: MARAVICH page 367. Sport Classic Books, 2007. New York Times, 1988/01/10: MARAVICH IS EULOGIZED Pistol Pete 23 Federman, Wayne and Marshall,Terrill in collaboration with Jackie Maravich: MARAVICH page 224. Sport Classic Books, 2007. ESPN.com Bob Carter. "Maravich's creative artistry dazzled" Accessed 06 February 2008 PistolMovie.com - The Home of "The Pistol" on DVD At this time, freshmen did not play on the varsity team and these stats do not count in the NCAA record books. These stat totals do not include Maravich's freshman year stats. Further reading Berger, Phil (1999). Forever Showtime: The Checkered Life of Pistol Pete Maravich. Taylor Trade. ISBN 0-87833-237-5. Federman, Wayne and Terrill, Marshall (2007). Maravich. SportClassic Books. ISBN 1-894963-52-0. Gutman, Bill (1972). Pistol Pete Maravich: The making of a basketball superstar. Grosset & Dunlap. ISBN 0-448-01973-6. Kriegel, Mark (2007). Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich. Free Press. ISBN 0743284976. Maravich, Pete and Campbell, Darrel (1987). Heir To A Dream. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0840776098. Towle, Mike (2000). I Remember Pete Maravich. Nashville: Cumberland House. ISBN 1-58182-148-4. Towle, Mike (2003). Pete Maravich: Magician of the Hardwood. Nashville: Cumberland House. ISBN 1-58182-374-6. Brown, Danny (2008).Shooting the Pistol: Courtside Photographs of Pete Maravich at LSU .Louisiana State University Press ISBN 978-0-8071-3327-9 External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Pete MaravichPete Maravich Official Site NBA Historical Bio Official Basketball Hall of Fame bio Pete Maravich Memorial at Find A Grave ESPN bio Hoopedia bio Pete Maravich Film and Video highlights from LSU Rare Pete Maravich Film and Video Basketball Coaching Guide & Player Improvement System Maravich Book (Jackie Maravich) Pete Maravich Audio Life Story & Transcript Pete Maravich Video Central Pete Maravich's Greatest Achievement Oscar Robertson Trophy USBWA College Player of the Year Preceded by Lew Alcindor Naismith College Player of the Year (men) 1970 Succeeded by Austin Carr Preceded by Ron Widby SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year 1968, 1969, 1970 Succeeded by Johnny Neumann
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Persondata NAME Maravich, Pete ALTERNATIVE NAMES Maravich, Peter Press (full name) SHORT DESCRIPTION Serb-American basketball player DATE OF BIRTH June 22, 1947 PLACE OF BIRTH Aliquippa, Pennsylvania DATE OF DEATH January 5, 1988 PLACE OF DEATH Pasadena, California Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Maravich" Categories: 1947 births | 1988 deaths | American basketball players | Basketball Hall of Fame | Basketball players from Pennsylvania | LSU Tigers basketball players | Sportspeople from Pittsburgh | Serbian-Americans | Atlanta Hawks draft picks | Atlanta Hawks players | Boston Celtics players | American Evangelicals | New Orleans Jazz players | Utah Jazz players | National Basketball Association broadcasters | American Christians | Deaths by myocardial infarction | People from Baton Rouge, Louisiana