Jeff Taylor, Sr.

by Mike Magers

Jeff Taylor, Sr. is a former NBA player having played two seasons in the league, one with the Houston Rockets and another with the Detroit Pistons.

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Sam Lacey

by Mike Magers

Sam Lacey was a 6’10” center in the NBA for 13 seasons.  He played most of his career with the Kansas City Kings, now located in Sacramento, California.  After a successful college career at New Mexico State University, he was drafted 5th overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1970.  This is the same franchise that evolved into the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73, later changing the name to the Kansas City Kings, as they existed all of Lacey’s career with the club.

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Luc Longley

By Mike Magers

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Luc Longley was born in Australia in 1969. He was recruited to play basketball at University of New Mexico by then coach Gary Colson who had seen him while on a trip to Australia to recruit another player, Andrew Vlahov who wound up playing at Stanford University. Luc played for University of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991 and worked his way to a starting position.

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Bill Bridges

by Mike Magers

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Bill Bridges was a 2014 inductee into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Bill was born in 1939 in Hobbs, New Mexico and graduated from Hobbs High School, playing ball under the legendary coach Ralph Tasker. He attended Kansas University where he joined the basketball team as a walk on. While at KU, he went on to earn a scholarship, was an All-American and team captain in 1961. His KU team tied for the Big 8 championship in 1960. Bill was the first player in KU history to score over 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds. His field goal percentage was 0.401 and free throw percentage was 0.653. During his college career, he scored 1,028 points and had 1,081 rebounds. The Bill Bridges Rebounding Award is presented each year to KU’s leading rebounder.

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