Jayhawks legend, Hall of Famer JoJo White dies at 71

Boston Celtics director of special projects JoJo White displays a lucky charm, one of Red Aurbach's cigars, before the NBA draft lottery, Tuesday night, May 23, 2006, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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BOSTON (WIBW) -- Former Kansas Jayhawks point guard JoJo White has died at age 71.

His daughter, Meka White, told ESPN that her father "died from complications (pneumonia) from dementia that was brought on by the removal of a benign brain tumor in May 2010."

"He was a KU legend," Kansas head coach Bill Self said. "When you talk about KU greats and you're trying to fill that five of the best who ever played here from a talent standpoint, most of the old-timers put Jo Jo in that group."

White, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, played at Kansas from 1966-69. He scored 1,286 career points, which currently ranks 32nd in school history.

He was an All-America selection in 1968 and 1969 and his No. 15 jersey was retired in 2003.

"He made an incredible contribution to Kansas basketball," former Kansas coach Ted Owens said. "People have often asked me what his greatest strengths were. I would say his greatest strength was he had no weaknesses. He was the absolute complete player, so unselfish. His teammates loved playing with him because he would play great on defense and distribute the ball, and would think about his teammates first then his own shot later."

White was a member of the 1968 USA Olympic team that won a gold medal in Mexico City.

A St. Louis native, White was drafted ninth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1969. He led the Celtics to two NBA titles (1974 and 1976) and was named NBA Finals MVP in the latter. He was a seven-time All-Star.

As an NBA player, White averaged 17.2 points, 4.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.

Not only was White drafted by the Celtics, he was also drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Reds.