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George King
Title Head Coach
College Purdue University
Sport Basketball
Conference Big Ten
Born August 16, 1928(1928-08-16)
Place of birth Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Died October 5, 2006 (aged 78)
Place of death Naples, Florida, USA
Career highlights
Overall 211–107 (0.664)
Tournaments 4–4 NCAA Tournament
0-1 NIT
1962 SoCon Tournament Champion
1963 SoCon Tournament Champion
1965 SoCon Tournament Champion
1969 Big Ten Champion
Playing career
Syracuse Nationals
Cincinnati Royals
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Morris-Harvey College
West Virginia University Asst.
West Virginia University
Purdue University

George Smith King (August 16, 1928 – October 5, 2006) was an American professional basketball player and collegiate coach. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia.


College playing career


Morris Harvey College


George King attended Morris Harvey College, where he led his team to four NCAA championship tournaments. He averaged 31.2 points per game in 1950 and scored a total of 2,535 points in 117 games in his college career. He received his A.B. degree in physical education in 1950. In both his junior and senior years, he was named West Virginia's Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Professional playing career

Syracuse Nationals, Cincinnati Royals


George King was picked in the 8th round of the 1950 NBA Draft. In 1955, King led the Syracuse Nationals to the NBA Finals, where he hit the series-clinching free throws and had a key steal to win the championship. After five seasons with the Nationals, he spent his last season in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals. He holds career averages of 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game in six seasons.

In 1956, King toured eleven Middle East countries with the Nationals for the Educational Exchange Service of the State Department. A year later, he became the first American to give basketbal coaching clinics in Africa.

College coaching career

Morris Harvey College


After his tenure with the Nationals, King spent a season coaching college basketball at his alma mater, Morris Harvey, before returning for his last season in the NBA with the Royals.

West Virginia


George King began his coaching career at West Virginia University as an assistant under head coach Fred Schaus. In 1961, he became the head coach after Schaus left for the chance to coach the Los Angeles Lakers. He coached the Mountaineers with an overall record of 102-43 and led them to three Southern Conference tournament championships and three NCAA Tournaments.



King moved onto coaching at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he took over for Ray Eddy at the head coaching position. During his tenure, he compiled a 109–64 record. He won a Big Ten Championship and took the Boilermakers to its only NCAA Finals appearance in 1969, losing to John Wooden's UCLA. On that 1968-69 season, Purdue led the nation with 94.8 points a game on a team consisted of notable players such as Rick Mount and Billy Keller. After stepping down as the head coach in 1972, he became the predecessor of his former West Virginia predecessor, Fred Schaus. He served as the school's athletic director from then on until 1992, while being the youngest AD in the nation and the only one still actively coaching in the 1971-72 season. George is a member of the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame.

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