Former NBA Star Walt Hazzard Dies
Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins’ first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69.
Hazzard was co-captain of the 1964 national title team that went 30-0 under coach. He averaged a career-high 18.6 points as a senior 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.
Hazzard helped the U.S. win a gold medal at theand played 10 years in the NBA, including a stint with the , who made him the No. 1 overall pick. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 assists in the NBA.