Former Kansas State All-American Jack Parr dies at 78

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Jack Parr, the two-time All-America basketball player who helped Kansas State to a pair of conference titles and the 1958 Final Four, died Sunday at his home in Lindsborg. He was 78.

The school announced his death Monday. No cause was given.

Parr was a star from the start, averaging 17.4 points and 13.6 rebounds while helping Kansas State win the Big Seven title his sophomore season. He averaged 20.6 points and a school-record 14.5 rebounds as a junior, and teamed with Bob Boozer to lead the Wildcats to the Final Four as a senior.

Parr was drafted in the 10th round of the NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals. He played one season before turning to private business and becoming a basketball official.

Parr is survived by wife Ann. Memorial services are pending.

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