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Cliff Meely (July 10, 1947 – May 29, 2013) was an American basketball player who played one year at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, then at the University of Colorado Boulder for three years, from 1968 to 1971. He remains the Colorado Buffaloes' career leader in points per game and rebounds per game. Meely was a Big Eight all-conference performer all three years at Colorado, and was a first-team All American as a senior. He is one of only three Colorado basketball player to have his number retired.

Cliff Meely
Personal information
Born(1947-07-10)July 10, 1947
Rosedale, Mississippi
DiedMay 29, 2013(2013-05-29) (aged 65)
Boulder, Colorado
Career information
High schoolHarlan (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Northeastern CC (1967–1968)
  • Colorado (1968–1971)
NBA draft1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Playing career1971–1981
PositionPower forward
Number25, 21
Career history
19711976Houston Rockets
1976Los Angeles Lakers
1977–1979AMG Sebastiani Rieti
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,658 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,703 (5.4 rpg)
Assists398 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

He was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1971 NBA draft. He played for the Rockets for five years, before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in his last NBA season. He went on to play two years in Europe before recurring back spasms forced his retirement. His best season statistically was his rookie season, when he averaged 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per games. Meely died at a Boulder, Colorado hospital in 2013 of a blood infection. He was 65.[1]


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