Myer Skoog

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Myer Skoog
Personal information
Born(1926-11-02)November 2, 1926
Duluth, Minnesota
DiedApril 4, 2019(2019-04-04) (aged 92)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Brainerd (Brainerd, Minnesota)
College Minnesota (1948–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career1951–1957
Position Guard
Number41, 20
Career history
19511957 Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,800 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,133 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 903 (2.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Myer Upton "Whitey" Skoog (November 2, 1926 – April 4, 2019) was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Minneapolis Lakers. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota. [1]

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Duluth, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Duluth is a major port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 86,293 and is the 4th largest city in Minnesota. It is the 2nd largest city on Lake Superior. The largest is Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It has the largest metropolitan area on the lake, with a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in the state.

A 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) and 180 lb (82 kg) guard, Skoog played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. Following his All-America senior season, he was drafted as a territorial pick in the first round of the 1951 NBA draft by the Lakers.

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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is a public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, and the St. Paul campus is actually in neighboring Falcon Heights. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 50,943 students in 2018-19. The university is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota system, and is organized into 19 colleges and schools, with sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

NBA territorial pick

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The 1951 NBA draft was the fifth annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on April 25, 1951, before the 1951–52 season. In this draft, ten remaining NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players. In each round, the teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Tri-Cities Blackhawks participated in the draft, but relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks prior to the start of the season. The draft consisted of 12 rounds comprising 87 players selected.

The Lakers won three NBA Championships in his first three years in the league. Skoog played in six seasons in the NBA before back injuries forced his retirement. Some credit Skoog with being the creator of the jump shot and one of the first players to use a jump shot in an organized game. Following his career in the NBA, Skoog became the men's basketball coach and golf coach at Gustavus Adolphus College. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1987.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota. A four-year, residential institution, Gustavus Adolphus College was founded in 1862 by Swedish Americans and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college retains its Swedish and Lutheran heritage. The premier event on campus is the annual Nobel Conference, which features Nobel Laureates and other scholars explaining their expertise to a general audience. In 2015, Gustavus Adolphus College ranked as the 64th best liberal arts college in the United States.

Skoog resided in an assisted living facility in St. Peter, Minnesota in his later years. He died on April 4, 2019 at the age of 92. [2]

St. Peter, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

St. Peter is a city located in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. The city is located 10 miles north of the Mankato – North Mankato metropolitan area. The population was 11,196 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nicollet County. Saint Peter is the home of Gustavus Adolphus College.

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References

  1. Christgau, John (1999). "Fire, Myer!". Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 1–29. ISBN   0-8032-6394-5.
  2. https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/2019/04/04/longtime-coach-whitey-skoog-dies-at-92/