In this January 1974, file photo, UCLA’s Dave Meyers looks for the ball after losing it versus Notre Dame’s Adrian Dantley during an NCAA college basketball video game in South Bend, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015|1:42 a.m.
L.A– Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball champion as the lone senior in coach John Wooden’s last season and later played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62.
Meyers passed away at his home in Temecula after battling with cancer for the in 2014, according to UCLA, which got the news from his more youthful sibling, Ann Meyers Drysdale.
He played 4 years for Milwaukee after being prepared second total by the L.a Lakers. Quickly after, Meyers belonged to a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Bucks in exchange for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The 6-foot-8 Meyers led UCLA in scoring at 18.3 points and rebounding at 7.9 in his last season, assisting the Bruins to a 28-3 record. He had 24 points and 11 rebounds in their 92-85 triumph over Kentucky in the NCAA title video game played in his hometown of San Diego.
Meyers Drysdale also dipped into UCLA during her Hall of Fame profession.
Meyers presumed the Bruins’ leadership role during the 1974-75 period after Costs Walton and Jamaal Wilkes had actually graduated. Playing with sophomores Marques Johnson and Richard Washington, Meyers earned agreement All-America honors. Meyers made the cover of Sports Illustrated after the Bruins won the NCAA title.
“One of the real warriors in @UCLAMBB history has actually gone on to magnificence,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Dave Meyers was our Captain in ’75 and as solid a gamer ever. RIP.”
Johnson recalled in other tweets how Meyers called him ‘MJB’ or Marques Johnson Infant when he was a freshman, and later on in the NBA, Meyers was nicknamed “Crash” due to the fact that he constantly diving on the floor for loose balls.
As a junior, Meyers began on a cutting edge featuring future Hall of Famers Walton and Wilkes.
Meyers was a reserve as a sophomore on the Bruins’ 1973 NCAA title team throughout the school’s run of 10 nationwide titles in 12 years under Wooden. The team went 30-0 and topped the period by beating Memphis 87-66 in the national championship, when Meyers had four points and 3 rebounds.
In 1975, Meyers, in addition to Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman and Brian Winters, was traded to Milwaukee for Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley.
During the 1977-78 season, Meyers was reunited with Johnson on the Bucks and balanced a career-best 14.7 points. He missed the next year with a back injury. Meyers returned in 1979-80 to typical 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bucks win a department title.
Born David William Meyers, he was one of 11 children. His father, Bob, was a standout basketball gamer and group captain at Marquette in the 1940s. The younger Meyers averaged 22.7 points as a senior at Sonora High in La Habra, California.
Meyers made a surprise announcement in 1980 that he was relinquishing basketball to invest more time with his household. He later earned his teaching certificate and taught sixth grade for numerous years in Lake Elsinore, California.
He is survived by his better half, Linda, whom he married in 1975, and daughter Crystal and kid Sean.