Basketball legend Slater Martin dies

Sara Beth Purdy

Former Texas guard Slater Martin died Thursday at the age of 86 in Houston. Martin led the Longhorns through their best season in school history. In 1947, Martin and the rest of the “Mighty Mice” finished third in the NCAA tournament. During his three seasons at Texas, Martin helped post a 63-14 record. In 2009, Martin had his No. 15 jersey retired by Texas, an honor only given to a total of three Longhorns. In 1962, Martin was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor and in 1982 was the first Longhorn inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

While at Texas, Martin set the record for points in a single game at 49 against TCU in 1949 and set the career-scoring record with 984 points.

After college Martin played for 11 years in the NBA, with the Minneapolis Lakers for seven seasons and with the St. Louis Hawks for four. As a pro, he racked up eight trips to the NCAA finals, bringing home five world championships.

— Sara Beth Purdy