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Jack Twyman

Charter Class of 2006

2006 Charter Class

Jack Twyman

  • Jack Twyman

Birthdate: May 21, 1934 
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
High School: Catholic Central High School (Pittsburgh)
College: University of Cincinnati (1951-1955)
Died: May 30, 2012
Year Inducted: Charter Class of 2006

Jack Twyman was born in Pittsburgh. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 2, 1983. In high school, Jack made the Catholic Central High School team of Pittsburgh in his senior year and garnered All State honors. He cultivated his skills at the University of Cincinnati where in 1955 he was selected All-American, leading his team in scoring and was captain and MVP.

In the 1955 at NIT, he led his team to a third place finish. As a professional, he played for the Rochester Royals (1955-57) and then with the Cincinnati Royals (1957-66). Jack was a six time NBA All-Star, scored 15,840 points in 823 games, and played in 609 consecutive games. He was the sixth player to score 15,000 points. He never averaged below double figures in any game in 11 seasons until his final season.

Jack’s single minded work ethic paid off in his senior year in high school. He would practice diligently every day shooting 100 foul shots and 200 jump shots and in between 100 to 150 set shots. He became the legal guardian of Maurice Stokes after he was seriously injured in a game. Jack was a great humanitarian, not only in sports but in all walks of life.  Jack Twyman died on May 30, 2012 at the age of 78.