David Plunkett, a former basketball star at Withrow Excessive College and the College of Cincinnati, died July 1 on the age of 87.

The 1952 Withrow graduate performed for the College of Cincinnati males’s basketball crew from 1953-56 below George Smith.

Plunkett performed his first two seasons with Jack Twyman, one in all UC’s high all-time gamers. Twyman had his quantity (27) retired and spent 11 seasons within the NBA. Twyman is a member of the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame.

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After averaging 3.7 factors off the bench in his sophomore season, Plunkett had an even bigger position within the 1954-55 season, his junior yr. Plunkett averaged 10.6 factors and 9.2 rebounds per sport, serving to the Bearcats go 21-8 for the season and earn a berth within the Nationwide Invitation Event. Twyman averaged 25 factors and 17 rebounds that season.

After Twyman’s commencement, Plunkett led the Bearcats in his senior season, the 1955-56 marketing campaign, with 17.8 factors and 13.4 rebounds per sport. He led UC to a 17-7 document, two years earlier than Oscar Robertson’s arrival in Clifton.

Dave Plunkett, 1952 Withrow graduate and former basketball star at Withrow and the University of Cincinnati

Plunkett completed with 785 profession factors and 644 rebounds in his three seasons.

At Withrow, he was an all-city and first crew all-state participant. His senior yr, he helped the Tigers defeat the Hamilton “Massive Blue”, the state’s top-ranked crew, within the district event earlier than advancing to the Last 4, the place they misplaced within the semifinals to Middletown. He was voted to the all-tournament first crew in addition to to the Ohio All-Star Staff, and he was voted first crew all-league for basketball by the Cincinnati Instances-Star in 1951 and 1952.

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