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Cowan, Fred

(born: 1958) 

Fred Cowan was born in Sturgis, KY. The 6' 8" center/forward was a member of the University of Kentucky basketball team from 1977-1981. In his freshman year the team won the NCAA Championship.

Fred Cowan played in a total of 111 games during his college career, scoring a total of 975 points. He scored a career high 44 points against Clemson in 1979. He is listed as one of the top 100 players of all time at the University of Kentucky.

Cowan was selected by the Houston Rockets in the sixth round of the NBA 1981 draft, but he chose to play basketball in Japan for the Toshiba Corporation, which he did for 10 years.

He has had a number of businesses, including a demolition company. Today Cowan is a mortgage broker and owner of Statewide Mortgage Services in Madisonville and Lexington, KY.

In 2013, Fred Cowan opend a screen printing shop in Hopkinsville, KY called Kool Graphics.

Fred Cowan is a brother of the late Brenda Cowan.

For more see C. R. Hallstaff, "UK Basketball 100 years.  Top 100 Players of All Time," Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/24/2002, Sports section, p.  O2X; M. Davis, "He won't die rich, and he's not trying," Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/10/2005, HealthFamily section, p. E1; Zirconia Alleyne, "Retired basketball star opens printing shop," Kentucky New Era, 10/13/2013 (online); "Ex-UK player escaped racism for 10 years as player in Japan," Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/7/2020.

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NKAA Entry: Cowan, Brenda D.
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NKAA Source: Kentucky new era (newspaper)

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