Former Louisville standout, NBA center Felton Spencer dies at 55

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Felton Spencer, seen here with the New York Knicks in 2001, died Sunday. He was 55 years old. (Jonathan Daniels/Allsport)

Former Louisville standout and longtime NBA center Felton Spencer passed away Sunday, the university announced.

He was 55 years old.

Specific details surrounding his death are not yet known.

Spencer played in Louisville from 1986–1990. He helped lead the Cardinals to three consecutive Metro Conference tournament victories and pair of Sweet 16 appearances. He averaged a career-best 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds during his senior season, and shot 62.8% from the field during his collegiate career, which is still a Louisville program record.

Spencer was selected with the No. 6 overall selection in 1990 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent his first three seasons in the league. He was named to the All- Team after his first season, where he averaged 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Spencer also spent time with the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks before retiring in 2002.

He averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 604 games in his 12 seasons in the NBA.

Spencer, Louisville native, returned home after retiring. He served as an assistant coach at both Spalding University and Bellarmine University in the area after his playing career ended.