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Hilltopper Great McDaniels Passes at 69

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One of the most revered Hilltoppers in WKU history has passed away.

Jim McDaniels, the only person in WKU basketball history named as a first-team All American by 3 or more organizations in the same season, died Wednesday evening in Bowling Green.

The 7-foot center finished his WKU career with 2,238 points - a tie for the all-time program record.

Among his other college team honors, he was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the year two years' running and was an All-OVC selection for each of his three varsity seasons. After college, he played professionially in both the NBA and the ABA between 1971 - 1978.

WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart released a statement saying, "Jim McDaniels was a legendary and iconic figure in the annals for Western Kentucky basketball. His Hall of Fame accomplishments resulted in the most successful period in our program's rich history and favorably impacted the Hilltopper Nation."

Jim McDaniels was 69.

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