Averitt, William Rodney "Bird"(born: 1952 - died: )
William R. Averitt, known as "Bird," was the nation's leading college basketball scorer during the 1972-73 season; he averaged 33.9 points per game as a player at Pepperdine University. In 1971, he had broken the freshman scoring record three times, and his highest one game score was 59 points when Pepperdine beat Chapman College [source: "Former Hoptown All-Stater: 'Bird' Averitt scores 59 breaking his own record at Pepperdine." Kentucky New Era, 01/16/1973, p.13 (online at Google News)]. Other Kentuckians on the Pepperdine freshman team were Tom Johnson and George Wilson from Union County High School. Averitt, a 6' 1", left-handed shooting guard from Hopkinsville, KY, had been an All-State player at Hopkinsville High School. He was a star basketball player at both the high school and college level. After his junior year at Pepperdine, Averitt was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, then an ABA team. He played three years in the ABA and was a member of the 1975 championship team the Kentucky Colonels. When the ABA and the NBA merged, Averitt was drafted by the Buffalo Braves and played for a little over a year before joining the Brooklyn Nets for the rest of the 1977-78 season. In total, William R. Averitt played 5 years of professional basketball. For more see J. Crowe, "For Ex-Pepperdine basketball star William "Bird" Averitt sky was the limit," Los Angeles Times, 01/25/2010; Bird Averitt at Basketball-Reference.com; and William "Bird" Averitt at the American Basketball Association Players website.