WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest men's basketball legend Len Chappell, the school's first consensus All-American, died at the age of 77.
Chappell passed away Thursday, according to information form the university.
A member of the Wake Forest Hall of Fame, Chappell led the Demon Deacons to two Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships and the school’s only Final Four appearance in 1962. After college, Chappell played nine seasons in the NBA, becoming the first Demon Deacon selected to a NBA All-Star Game in 1964 as a member of the New York Knicks.
A product of Portage High School in Pennsylvania, Chappell went on to become the ACC Player of the Year in 1961 and 1962. He's one of 10 players in ACC history who have been named ACC Player of the Year more than once.
Chappell’s jersey (No. 50) is retired by Wake Forest as he ranks third in school history in career points (2,165) and career rebounds (1,213).
He scored 5,621 points in the NBA, appearing with the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks.