1948 United States men's Olympic basketball team

The 1948 United States men's Olympic basketball team competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, along with 22 other basketball teams. The basketball tournament was held in London, England at Wembley Stadium. Team USA won their second straight gold medal after 1936 (Summer Olympic Games were cancelled in 1940 and 1944, due to World War II). The team was made up of Amateur Athletic Union and college basketball players.[1]

1948 United States men's Olympic basketball team
Basketball at the Summer Olympics season
Head coachBud Browning
1948 Summer Olympics
Scoring leaderUnited States Alex Groza
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Name [2] Position Height Weight Age Home Town Team/School
Cliff Barker Forward 6'2" 150 27 Yorktown, IN Kentucky
Don Barksdale Center 6'6" 225 25 Los Angeles, CA Oakland Bittners (UCLA)
Ralph Beard Guard 5'10" 176 20 Louisville, KY Kentucky
Lew Beck Guard 6'0" 165 26 Pendleton, OR Phillips 66ers (Oregon State)
Vince Boryla Guard 6'3" 190 21 East Chicago, IN Denver Nuggets (Denver)
Gordon Carpenter Center/Forward 6'7" 220 21 Lakewood, CA Phillips 66ers (Arkansas)
Alex Groza Center 6'7" 220 21 San Diego, CA Kentucky
Wallace Jones Center/Forward 6'4" 205 22 Lexington, KY Kentucky
Bob Kurland Center 7'0" 220 23 Bartlesville, OK Phillips 66ers (Oklahoma State)
Ray Lumpp Guard 6'0" 170 25 East Williston, NY NYU
R. C. Pitts Forward 6'5" 200 29 Baton Rouge, LA Phillips 66ers (Arkansas)
Jesse Renick Guard 6'2" 185 30 San Francisco, CA Phillips 66ers (Oklahoma State)
Jackie Robinson Guard 6'0" 180 21 Fort Worth, TX Baylor
Kenny Rollins Guard 6'0" 170 24 Charleston, MO Kentucky

USA match ups (8–0)Edit

Final standingsEdit

Team USAEdit

Alex Groza led Team USA with an average of 11.1 points per game. Bud Browning was the head coach, Adolph Rupp was the assistant coach, and Louis Wilke was the manager.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ "1948 USA Men's Olympic Games Roster Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine." usabasketball.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2014.

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