Former Sun Devil Dennis Hamilton dies at 68

Former Sun Devil Dennis Hamilton dies at 68

Published Jun. 20, 2012 12:52 p.m. ET

Dennis Hamilton, a three-year starter at Arizona State in the 1960s who went on to play in the NBA and ABA, died Monday evening. He was 68.

Hamilton played for Ned Wulk at ASU, averaging 6.2 points as a sophomore in 1963-64, 17.3 in 1964-65 and 17.0 in 1965-66. He scored 1,079 career points and shot 81.3 percent from the free-throw line, the fourth-best mark in ASU history.

He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in 1967 and played for the Lakers in the 1968 NBA Finals, which they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics.

He also played for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks (1968-69) and the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers (1969-70) and Kentucky Colonels (1970-71).