Former Arkansas Players & Coach, Ron Huery, dies at 55

Ron Huery was a basketball player at Arkansas. He helped to establish the groundwork for the Razorbacks championship team in 1994.

Ron Huery, a former basketball player for Whitehaven and Arkansas, dies

According to former Arkansas players and coach Nolan Richardson, Ron Huery passed away early on Saturday in Memphis. Huery was 55. It is unknown what caused the death. The Shelby (Tennessee) County medical examiner’s office did not return numerous calls on Saturday.

Ron Huery first season as the Razorbacks’ coach in 1985-86 opened the way for Arkansas to pursue other high-profile players, especially from Memphis. Huery was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American that year, and the first significant recruit recruited by Richardson at Arkansas.

Huery was the first in a run of Richardson-recruited players from Memphis that includes Todd Day, Arlyn Bowers, Clyde Fletcher, Corey Beck, Dwight Stewart, and Elmer Martin. All played on Final Four teams from 1990-95, and Beck and Stewart were starters when the Razorbacks defeated Duke 76-72 in the championship game of the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Tournament

 Huery was the leading scorer for Richardson’s first NCAA Tournament team in 1987-88 when he averaged 13.4 points, made 45.4% of his shots, and was named All-SWC. He scored a team-high 21 points during the Razorbacks’ first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Villanova that year in Cincinnati.

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Huery ranks 13th in school history with 1,550 points, sixth with 351 assists, seventh with 388 free throws made, and ninth with 207 steals. He was inducted into the Razorbacks’ Hall of Honor in September.

He holds an American nationality and he belongs to the white ethnicity.

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