Dan Issel

Dan Issel
Dan Issel (1).jpeg
Issel, circa 1970–75
Personal information
Born (1948-10-25) October 25, 1948 (age 70)
Batavia, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolBatavia (Batavia, Illinois)
CollegeKentucky (1967–1970)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 8 / Pick: 122nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1970–1985
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number44, 25
Coaching career1988–2002
Career history
As player:
19701975Kentucky Colonels
19751985Denver Nuggets
As coach:
19921994,
19992001
Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points27,482 (22.6 ppg)
Rebounds11,133 (9.1 rpg)
Assists2,907 (2.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Daniel Paul Issel (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, he was twice named an All American en route to a still school record 25.7 points per game. The American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1971, he was a six-time ABA All-Star and one-time NBA All-Star.

A prolific scorer, Issel remains the all-time leading scorer at the University of Kentucky and second all time for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the American Basketball Association itself . Upon his retirement from the NBA in 1985, only Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving had scored more professional points.[1]

Early Life

Issel was born in Batavia, Illinois, son of Robert and Elanor Issel, and grew up with sister Kathi and brother Greg. Robert Issel owned and operated Issel Painting & Decorating. [2]Issel attended Batavia High School, graduating in 1967 as an All-American playing for Coach Don VanDersnick. [3]

Issel led Batavia to their first Sectional title as a senior, hitting the game winning shot against Naperville Central High School to win the title. As a senior, Issel averaged 25.8 points on Batavia's 26-3 team. [1]

Growing up in Batavia, Issel's backyard met up met up with his friend, Ken Anderson’s back yard. Anderson's father was a janitor at Batavia High School, and the Issel property on Harrison Street backed onto that of the Andersons' on Republic Road. [4] Growing up together, Issel and Anderson rode in Issel's red Ford convertible and frequented the Twin Elms restaurant. Later, Anderson and Issel would co-own a 782 farm in Kentucky.[4] Another neighbor and teammate, Byron Von Hoff, played basketball and other sports at Batavia with Anderson and Issel. Anderson became a National Football League Quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals and the 1981 NFL Most Valuable Player. [5] Von Hoff was the 21st pick of the New York Mets in the 1966 Amateur Baseball draft and pitched successfully in the minor leagues before an injury ended his career.[6][1] Another teammate at Batavia was future NBA announcer Craig Sager, who was a freshman when Issel was a senior. [7][4] Said Issel of his Batavia teammates: “What Batavia instilled in all three of us –– myself, Kenny and Craig –– was a solid work ethic."[5]

According to Sports Illustrated: Don VanDersnick showed Issel how to dunk by training him with a volleyball and had Issel him jump up and grab the rim 50 times each day at practice. Issel didn't start at Batavia High basketball until he was a junior, and considered himself fortunate that he had Don Vandersnick as his coach. saying, "If he'd told us that if we dove off a water tower it would make us better basketball players, there would have been a line waiting to do it."[4]

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