Olympic Gold Medalist K.C. Jones Dies
Legendary guard K.C. Jones (#5 above), a member of the gold medalist 1956 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, died Friday. He was 88.
Jones is one of just eight players to win championships at the college, NBA and Olympics.
Jones, playing with University of San Francisco teammate and roommate Bill Russell, helped lead the USA to a gold medal finish at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The United States averaged nearly 100 points a game, actually surpassing the century mark in four of their eight games, and the USA's average margin of victory was an impressive 53.5 points a game. Jones averaged 10.9 points a game for the U.S., and recorded 15 points in the USA's gold-medal game 89-55 victory over the Soviet Union.
I just received a call letting me know my x-roommate/teammate & most of all friend the great KC Jones passed this morning. Prayers to his family. We have been friends for almost 60yrs, this our last photo together. Friends for life #2020Usuck! #RIP @NBA @celtics pic.twitter.com/Ia6yZB5l2x— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) December 25, 2020
Jones and Russell paired up to lead San Francisco to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956, and the following summer led the USA to the Olympic gold medal in Melbourne, Australia.
Jones was inducted as a player into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.