Former Ohio State forward John Havlicek has died at the age of 79, according to a statement released by the Boston Celtics on Thursday.
Havlicek was drafted as the No. 7 overall pick of the 1962 NBA Draft by the Celtics. He played from 1962 to 1978 and was an eight-time NBA champion and was a 13-time NBA All Star. His No. 17 was retired by the Boston Celtics.
Havlicek was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
In his three years at Ohio State, from 1959-1962, Havliceck averaged 14.6 points per game, shooting 50.8 percent from the field. He won a national title with the Buckeyes during the 1960-61 season, making the final four in each of his three seasons.
Havlicek’s No. 5 jersey is retired by Ohio State.