Former University of Louisville basketball star and NBA player Felton Spencer has passed away at the age of 55. The news was confirmed by the university in a memorial post on social media. Spencer was a Louisville native and standout high school basketball player before going on to play four full seasons with the Cardinals.
He was a key player in his senior year, averaging 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 68.1% from the field. Spencer’s success in college led to him being drafted sixth overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He would go on to play for several other teams over his 12-year NBA career. Including the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, and New York Knicks. While Spencer was a journeyman in the league. His best years came with the Jazz, where he started all but one of his 184 games and averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds over 23.8 minutes per game.
He also saw playoff action seven times in his career, including two trips to the conference finals. After his playing days were over. Spencer went on to coach at Spalding University and later at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
The University of Louisville expressed their sadness at the passing of “UofL great Felton Spencer.” They extended their thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. Spencer’s legacy as a talented basketball player and beloved member of the Louisville community will be remembered by many.