Notre Dame Athletics | May 27, 2020
Bob Whitmore, a Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor inductee and trailblazing standout for the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team, passed away at the age of 73.
The catalyst of a Washington, D.C., pipeline that includes Irish all-time greats Austin Carr, Adrian Dantley, Collis Jones, Sid Catlett and Don Williams, Whitmore finished his career at Notre Dame with 1,508 career points in three full seasons (freshmen were ineligible under NCAA rules at that time), which ranked third all-time at Notre Dame when he graduated. His rebounding prowess was even more notable, as he hauled in 1,043 missed shots to rank second at Notre Dame upon graduation. He is still one of only six players to collect over 1,000 career rebounds at Notre Dame.
Whitmore was a prep school legend when he came to Notre Dame. He led the 1965 DeMatha Stags to a 46-43 win over Power Memorial (N.Y.) in one of the greatest high school games ever played. Memorial was led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. DeMatha boasted senior Whitmore and junior Catlett. The victory ended a 71-game win streak for Power Memorial. Whitmore left DeMatha for Notre Dame having posted a 55-3 record in his final two years with legendary Stag head coach Morgan Wootten.
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