Sam Jones, Boston Celtics Great and HBCU Legend Died at 88

Sam Jones was an HBCU legend for NCCU and NBA great for the Boston Celtics.


Sam Jones was a graceful shooting guard known as "Mr. Clutch" and a master of the "bank shot" during his NBA days. The 6-4 player would lead the Boston Celtics to eight-straight NBA championships and ten overall in his twelve-season career. His number of titles was second only to former teammate Bill Russell who had eleven rings with the Celtics.


Before playing on the parquet-hardwood floors of Boston Garden, Jones was known for his basketball prowess with HBCU North Carolina Central from 1951-54 and returned in 1956-57. In his final season, the mild-mannered, but fiercely competitive guard, led the Eagles to a 23-6 record.


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