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Thruston, Jerry

(born: February 6, 1954) 

Jerry Thruston was born in Owensboro, KY. The 6'7" center was the 1972 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Thruston played for the Owensboro High School basketball team, 1970-1972. He is 12th on the school's 1000 point club with 1,376 points. The Owensboro Red Devils basketball team won the 1972 state championship, and Thruston was named Most Valuable Player. He played college ball at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, 1974-1977. Thruston scored 1,099 points during his college career, making him the 22nd all-time scorer for the school. He was also the leading rebounder in 1974 and 1976. He is the brother of Felix Thruston.

For more see "Thruston gives youngsters 'learning experience'," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 07/20/1994, p.1B; see The Cauldron [yearbook] online, Mercer University.


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