Felton Spencer

Felton Spencer, who starred for the Louisville Cardinals before going on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, died March 12.

Spencer was 55.

No cause of death was given, although Spencer’s sister, Tammy Pollock, said he passed away “peacefully.”

Louisville head coach Kenny Payne, who played with Spencer for three seasons at Louisville,  tweeted, “My heart is broken today hearing about my brother Felton. My love and prayers go out to Momma Betty, his sisters and brother Mac. All Cardinals please put his family in our prayers.”

Spencer, who made the Parade All-American team as a high school player in Middletown, Kentucky, played four seasons at Louisville. Although a raw talent as a young player, the 7-foot center worked hard to improve, and led the Cardinals in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (8.5) as a senior. That great final season and Spencer’s size and potential led the Minnesota Timberwolves to select him No. 6 overall in the 1990 NBA Draft.

Spencer went on to play 12 NBA seasons, averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also played for the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic.

Basketball fans shared their memories of Spencer, and condolences for his family. Judging from the incredible number of comments on Twitter praising Spencer’s kindness, generosity and personality, he was far more than just a basketball player to many people.

[Louisville Cardinals]

About Arthur Weinstein

Arthur spends his free time traveling around the U.S. to sporting events, state and national parks, and in search of great restaurants off the beaten path.