He also set an NCAA record by scoring more than 50 points 28 times.
The 1970 College Player of the Year was selected third overall in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and wasted little time becoming a prime-time player by averaging 23.2 ppg his rookie season.
Basketball is a game that, when played well, requires enormous skill.
Great players appear to make everything look simple and easy.
For this reason alone, Pete Maravich epitomised the future direction of all sports.
Pete Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, on June 22, 1947, to Helen and Press Maravich.Reverse, behind-the-back passes were his forte and seemingly every shot took upon an air of dramatic disbelief.In truth, Pistol Pete Maravich introduced basketball fans to real-life drama.After spending four seasons in Atlanta, Maravich was traded to the New Orleans Jazz where he peaked as an NBA showman and superstar.He made the All-NBA First Team in 1976 and '77 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1973 and '78.In the process, "Pistol Pete" set numerous NCAA, SEC and school records and was named a three-time All-America.In his collegiate career, the 6-5 guard averaged an incredible 44.2 ppg in 83 contests and led the NCAA in scoring three times.As a result, he developed incredible ball control, shooting skills and passing ability. It was at Daniel that he earned the nickname ‘Pistol’ because of his style of shooting.He threw the ball from his hip resembling a gun-slinger.I tried transcendental meditation, astro-planing, chanting and dabbled in the occult. The fateful night in November 1982 started just like any other. I cried out to God, suddenly remembering the gist of the prayer offered at that conference 17 years earlier. Nothing gave me the peace that Jesus gave me that night. And when I finally got that ring with my name on it, do you know what Bible verse popped into my mind? The next, he was sprawled on the floor, his body convulsing in a seizure.I watched TV, grumbled in my 0,000 house, and went to bed about midnight. All the sins of my youth kept parading through my mind. "For what will a man be profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? Do you have a brass ring you're striving for today? An ambulance whisked him to the hospital where doctors tried for fifty minutes to revive him.