Former Kansas State great Willie Murrell, one of only two Wildcats to average 20 points and 10 rebounds for his career, died earlier this month at the age of 78 in the Denver area.
Murrell averaged 22.3 points and 11.1 rebounds for K-State during his 1963-64 senior season, leading the Wildcats to the Final Four and earning first-team All-America honors from the Helms Foundation. He posted 29 points and 13 rebounds in a 90-84 loss to UCLA in the national semifinals, making him the only Wildcat to notch a Final Four double-double.
Murrell played two seasons at K-State for Tex Winter after transferring from Eastern Oklahoma A&M. He led the Wildcats to a 38-16 record, including back-to-back Big Eight titles.
A native of Taft, Okla., Murrell finished his K-State career with averages of 20.6 points and 10.7 rebounds. He joins Bob Boozer as the only players in K-State history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds.
K-State retired Murrell’s No. 44 jersey in 2009. He was inducted into the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Following his K-State career, Murrelll was selected in the fourth round of the 1964 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Bombers. He played three professional seasons, including stints with the ABA’s Denver Nuggets (1967-68) and the Miami Floridians (1968-70).