Bob Burrow, a two-time All-American and UK Athletics Hall of Famer, passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.
Burrow was a two-year star (1955-56) under head coach Adolph Rupp in the 50s. He became the eighth member of UK’s 1,000-point club in just two seasons thanks to a 20.1 scoring average at UK.
Burrow was also a force to be reckoned with on the boards. In his first season at UK, Burrow averaged 17.7 rebounds per game, which still stands as the best single-season average in school history. His 14.6 average the following season still ranks fourth all-time.
Burrow is also tied with Bill Spivey for the UK record for most rebounds in a single game in school history. Burrow grabbed 34 boards vs. Temple on Dec. 10, 1955.
“Bob Burrow occupies a special place in Kentucky basketball history,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “In two short years, he left an incredible legacy and set records that stand six decades later. As a UK Athletics family, we offer our condolences to his family and friends.”
In all, Burrow totaled 1,023 points and 823 rebounds in just 51 career games while earning All-American honors in both 1955 and 1956.
Burrow was named to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2005 class. His No. 50 still hangs high in the rafters at Rupp Arena.
Burrow was then selected by the Rochester Royals in the 1956 NBA Draft, and he went on to play two seasons in the NBA.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burrow family.