Former basketball player Terry Compton has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former college basketball player Terry Compton has passed away. He was 67.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, before his death, he had been battling the coronavirus.

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He was nicknamed “The Long Rifle.” He played college basketball with the Vanderbilt Commodores.

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While a member of the Commodores, he was a two-time All-SEC first-team member. During his three seasons at the school, Vanderbilt went 59-19 from 1972 through 1974.

He also helped guide the Commodores to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as a senior.

As a college basketball player, he scored 1,326 points. When he played, there were no three-point line.

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In addition, no freshman were eligible to play when he was at Vanderbilt. At the time, he was the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

Compton averaged 17.3 points in his first season with the Commodores in 1971-72. He then averaged 17.7 points during the 1972-73 season.

In the 1973-74, Compton’s scoring dropped off a little bit, as he averaged just 14.8 points per game.

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Compton was drafted in the fifth-round of the 1974 NBA Draft. However, he never played in the league.

While he was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings (now the Sacramento Kings), Compton suffered a hand injury as a rookie. He missed time during training camp.

Then, when he was offered an opportunity to return to the league, he chose not to pursue it before joining an engineering firm in Nashville, Tennessee.

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