Buzzy Wilkinson, American basketball player, Died at 83


Richard Warren “Buzzy” Wilkinson was born November 18, 1932, and died on January 15, 2016.

He was an American basketball player.

He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the third round (30th pick overall) of the 1955 NBA Draft but played for a short time he then went to Charlottesville to attend law school.

He was a 6’2″ guard-forward from the University of Virginia and a prolific scorer, he averaged 32.1 points per game in his senior season of 1954-55, and totaled 2,233 points during his college career.

Buzzy number 14 was the first number retired in Virginia Cavaliers basketball history.

He was named after a comic-strip character by his grandmother Wilkinson’s 1954-55 season scoring average was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) all-time record, as is his career average of 28.1 points per game.

Wilkinson was the ACC’s leading scorer during each of the conference’s first two years in existence.

Mr.Wilkinson holds almost all of the ACC records for field goal attempts: most FG attempts in a game (44 vs. Duke, 1954); most FG attempts in a season (767, 1954); most FG attempts per game, season (28.4, 1954); and most FG attempts per game, career (27.4).

Buzzy was the president and CEO of First Century Bank based out of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Buzzy Wilkinson passed away at 83yrs old.