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Legendary Coach Jim Iverson Passes Away

April 03, 2021 by

A memorial was held March 31 at the Abiding Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls for Platte basketball legend Jim Iverson.

Iverson died on Oct. 26, 2020, in Fort Wayne, IN. He was a four-time all-state player, leading Platte to four straight state tournaments (1945-48) where he scored 251 points in 12 State B games. 

Iverson became a starting guard for Kansas State where he led the Wildcats to the 1951 national championship game (68-58 loss to Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky team). He was a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1952, but Iverson fulfilled his military obligation. After getting out of the service, he was still good enough for the Celtrics to give the 5-foot-11 Iverson a tryout.

Iverson coached SDSU to the 1963 NCAA DII national title, also winning the national coach of the year title, and his 1961 Jacks finished third. He coached SDSU for nine seasons (142-65 with five conference titles) before going into the banking industry.

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