Former Louisville Cardinals basketball star Felton Spencer died Sunday at the age of 55.
Felton was a legend on the college basketball court, leading to his selection as the sixth pick in the NBA draft in 1990.
Louisville hoops legend Felton Spencer has died https://t.co/D1YtAg9VJD
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) March 12, 2023
“After starring at Eastern High School in Louisville, Spencer played at U of L from 1986-90. He earned First Team All-Metro Conference as a senior in 1990 after posting averages of 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. His career field goal percentage of 62.8 is still the highest in the history of Cardinal basketball,” the Card Chronicle reported.
“Following his college career at Louisville, Spencer was chosen with the sixth overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his first season as a professional, Spencer was voted to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor,” it continued.
“Spencer played a dozen seasons and appeared in 640 games in the NBA, suiting up for the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks in addition to the T-Wolves,” it added.
Felton Spencer, former Knicks center, dead at 55 https://t.co/oGVq99rgkV pic.twitter.com/WjZFT6uArU
— New York Post (@nypost) March 13, 2023
After retiring, Spencer also worked as an assistant coach at both Spalding University and Bellarmine University.
Spencer’s sister, Tammy Pollock, shared details about his death late Sunday following his passing earlier that day.
“Our beloved Felton Spencer – former @uofl basketball legend, retired 12 year NBA veteran and 6th pick in the 1990 NBA draft, and former assistant college coach – passed away peacefully this afternoon,” Pollock wrote.
“It was befitting that he received excellent care in his final hours from the providers at the University of Louisville Hospital, his Alma mater that he loved so dearly,” Pollock added in a separate tweet.
@AP @wave3news @WLKY @WHAS11 @WDRBNews @espn Our beloved Felton Spencer – former @uofl basketball legend, retired 12 year NBA veteran and 6th pick in the 1990 NBA draft, and former assistant college coach – passed away peacefully this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/F9mU3Gjali
— Tammy Pollock (@tammytpollock) March 12, 2023
No cause of death has yet been reported. His former teammate Kenny Payne said, “My heart is broken today hearing about my brother Felton. My love and prayers go out to Momma Betty, his sisters and brother Mac. All Cardinals please put his family in our prayers.”