Birthdate: May 9, 1941
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
High School: Toledo Woodward High School
College: Bowling Green State University
Died: March 22, 2009
Howard “Butch” Komives graduated from Toledo Woodward High School in 1960. A three-time All-Mid American Conference selection at Bowling Green State University, he led the nation with a 36. 7 scoring average and led the MAC with a 35.6 scoring average in the 1963-64 season. Komives led the Falcons to two Mid American Conference Championships and NCAA tournament births in 1962 and 1963. The third team Associated Press and United Press International All-American set a national consecutive free throw mark of 50 during the 1963-64 season. At the time of graduation, he held five MAC records and 24 BGSU records, has six of the best eight scoring days in school history, and his scoring average was the fourth best ever recorded by a collegian. The MAC records for highest scoring average and most points in a season were still intact until the 1988-89 season. Komives went on to an illustrious 10-year career in the NBA with New York, Detroit, Buffalo and Kansas City-Omaha. Komives scored 7,750 points in 742 games averaging 10.2 per game with 1,084 rebounds and 2,941 assists. In those 10 years, his field goal percentage was 38.8% and a phenomenal 83% from the free throw line. His two best years as a pro were with the Knicks where he scored 1,113 points in 1966 and 1,021 points in 1967.
Butch Komives died on March 22, 2009.