Harry Flournoy Jr., team captain and the leading rebounder on Texas Western College’s historic 1966 national championship team, passed away on Saturday morning in Atlanta. He was 72 years old.
Flournoy averaged 8.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Miners’ drive to a 28-1 record and upset of heavily-favored Kentucky in the 1966 national title game. It remains the only national championship won by a Division I men’s team in the state of Texas.
Ironically, Flournoy didn't start playing organized sports until high school. But he attracted the interest of college coaches, including the legendary Don Haskins. “The Bear” visited Flournoy's hometown of Gary, Indiana, to recruit Orsten Artis, but he left with two names on his list. Flournoy and Artis moved 1,500 miles to play for the future Hall of Famer.
He ranks fourth in school history with 836 rebounds and is one of only two Miner players (Jim Barnes is the other) to accumulate 300 rebounds in two separate seasons. He compiled 16 double-double games.