Bob Houbregs, a Hall of Fame basketball player who led theUniversity of Washington to its only Final Four appearance, in 1953, and played five seasons in the National Basketball Association, died on Wednesday. He was 82.
The university confirmed his death but did not provide further information.
Houbregs, a 6-foot-7 Canadian, was the national player of the year and an all-American in 1953 and an all-Pacific Coast Conference selection from 1951 to 1953.
Known for his right-hand hook shot, he averaged 25.6 points in his senior year and still holds Washington’s record for single-game scoring, with 49 points against Idaho in 1953.
Until 1988, Houbregs was Washington’s leading career scorer, with 1,774 points. He is now fifth on the list. His No. 25 is one of two men’s basketball numbers retired by the university.
Houbregs was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1953 N.B.A. draft, selected by the Milwaukee Hawks. He also played for the Baltimore Bullets, the Boston Celtics and the Fort Wayne Pistons. He went on to be the general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics in their early years. (The franchise went on to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.)
He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1987.
Robert John Houbregs was born on March 12, 1932, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Information on survivors was not available.