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Cliff Meely
Basketball

  • First-Team All-American
  • Three-Time All-Big Eight Performer
  • Set 16 Colorado and 8 Big Eight Conference Records
  • Six-year National Basketball Association Veteran

In exiting CU following his senior year with all the scoring records and as the runner-up in all the rebounding marks, some three-plus decades later Cliff Meely still holds the mark for single game (47) and season (729) scoring and is second in career points (1,940) and rebounds (971).  His name remains either at or near the top in over a dozen statistical categories, and he still owns the two top single season scoring averages in CU history: 28.0 as a senior in 1970-71 and 23.8 as a sophomore in 1968-69.  The 12.1 rebounds per game average for his career remains one of the top numbers ever posted collegiately.  He led Colorado to the Big Eight title in 1968-69, as the Buffaloes were 21-7 with a 10-4 mark in league play.  A three-time All-Big Eight team member, he earned first-team All-America honors as a senior, and set 16 school and eight conference records during his career.  Overall, the Buffs won 49 games in his time here under late coach Russell “Sox” Walseth, the fourth most over any three-year span in CU history, with his jersey number (20) just one of two retired in CU annals.  Meely went on to play six seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. 

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