SEATTLE – University of Washington basketball legend Bob Houbregs has passed away at the age of 82. Houbregs donned the purple and gold from 1951 to 1953 and led the Huskies to their only Final Four appearance as a senior before becoming the first player in program history to have his jersey retired (No. 25).
Houbregs’ name is all over the UW record books as he still holds seven school records and finished his three-year career averaging 19.5 points (second all-time) and 10.7 rebounds (third all-time) while scoring 1,774 career points which ranks fifth in program history. He is the Dawgs’ only consensus All-American (1953) and was also named the NCAA Player of the Year that season.
“Bob was an icon in our community,” said University of Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward. “His efforts on the court helped put Washington basketball on the map, but what made him remarkable was his character beyond the game of basketball. He had a way of connecting with people in a very genuine manner, and his presence will be truly missed here.”
Houbregs went on to be selected as the third overall pick in the 1953 NBA Draft and played in the league for five seasons. Following his NBA career, Houbregs returned to Seattle and served as the general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1970-73.
Additionally, he is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.