Washburn Great "Buzz" Wilson Dies

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Heat and perhaps overexertion are likely factors that claimed a former Washburn University basketball player over the weekend.

Gregory "Buzz" Wilson became ill Saturday after taking part in a total of four slow pitch softball games. He was 50-years old.

Wilson overcame long odds to become one of the greats in Washburn basketball history. As a 17 year old, he survived a gunshot wound. A year later, he broke his knee cap. All of it led to Wilson becoming a Washburn recruit at the age of 29. He was inducted into the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Washburn Coach Bob Chipman says it's a difficult time for all who knew Wilson. He says Wilson is one of those guys you'll just miss having around.

Wilson is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Anjanae and son Collin.

Wilson will lie in state from noon to 9 pm Tuesday at Davidson Funeral Home on North Kansas Avenue in Topeka. The family will see visitors from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be 10 am Wednesday at Washburn's Lee Arena.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Collin Wilson College Fund, in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608.

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