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Former Louisville standout, NBA center Felton Spencer dies at age 55

Felton Spencer, seen here with the New York Knicks in 2001, passed away on Sunday. He was 55. (Jonathan Daniel/Allsport)

Former Louisville standout and longtime NBA center Felton Spencer passed away on Sunday, the university announced.

He was 55.

Details about his death are not yet known.

Spencer played in Louisville from 1986-1990. He helped lead the Cardinals to three consecutive Metro Conference tournament victories and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. He averaged a career-best 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds his senior season, and shot 62.8% from the field during his collegiate career, which remains the Louisville program record.

Spencer was then selected with the No. 6 overall pick in 1990 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent his first three seasons in the league. He was named to the all-rookie team after his freshman season, where he averaged 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Spencer also spent time with the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks before retiring in 2002.

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He averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 604 games over his 12 seasons in the NBA.

Born in Louisville, Spencer returned home after retirement. He worked as an assistant coach at both Spalding University and Bellarmine University in the area after his playing career ended.

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