Previous UNC men’s basketball participant Lennie Rosenbluth died on Saturday at the age of 89. The lead to of demise is unknown at this time.
Hailing from The Bronx, N.Y., Rosenbluth was a forward who performed three seasons for UNC from 1955 to 1957. In 1957, he led the undefeated Tar Heels to a countrywide championship though averaging 28 factors for each match. In the NCAA title video game in opposition to Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas Jayhawks, Rosenbluth scored 20 points in a 54-53 triple-additional time victory. That very same year, Rosenbluth was named a Helms Basis Participant of the Year, consensus very first-workforce All-American and ACC Participant of the 12 months.
For the duration of his time at UNC, Rosenbluth held a job scoring regular report of 26.9 details. This mark, obtained with out the 3-level line, has however to be damaged by a Tar Heel. His jersey, No. 10, is one of eight retired by the UNC men’s basketball plan and hangs in the entrance row of the rafters in the Dean E. Smith Centre.
Rosenbluth was an instrumental early determine in the North Carolina men’s basketball application. He led UNC men’s basketball to its 1st NCAA title and was a crucial recruit for former head mentor Frank McGuire, supporting to create the New York to North Carolina recruiting pipeline. Rosenbluth, a 2003 inductee into the International Jewish Athletics Hall of Fame, was also a renowned athletic determine in the Jewish local community.
“Mr. Rosenbluth is a UNC legend,” UNC men’s basketball head coach Hubert Davis said. “Not only by his enjoying career but by his character and enjoy for this system, university and community. He was real, form and usually supportive of my spouse and children and me. I will miss out on viewing him at our game titles and around our city. Carolina Basketball will normally enjoy him.”
Following graduating from UNC, Rosenbluth was drafted No. 6 by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1957 NBA Draft. He performed two seasons skillfully and afterwards turned a superior college teacher and basketball coach in North Carolina and Florida.
In 2010, Rosenbluth moved back to the Chapel Hill area, the place he was a outstanding member of the local community and a familiar face at UNC’s property games for the later on a long time of his life.
“He had these kinds of a dignity about him,” former UNC men’s basketball head mentor Roy Williams stated. “The men who came immediately after him, they talked about Lennie with reverence. There was generally some thing particular about him.”
CORRECTION: A prior version of this post incorrectly mentioned that Rosenbluth moved back again to Chapel Hill with his spouse Dianne. Rosenbluth moved to Chapel Hill with his first spouse Helen, recognized as Pat, who died in 2010. The Everyday Tar Heel apologizes for this error.