USU basketball standout Boatwright dies at age 61


LOGAN — Former Utah State men’s basketball player Jim Boatwright died Monday in Hailey, Idaho, after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 61.

Originally from Rupert, Idaho, Boatwright was a three-year letterwinner for Utah State from 1972-1974 and still ranks 17th all-time in school history in scoring with 1,238 career points. For his career, he averaged 15.9 points per game to rank 17th all-time at USU. Boatwright also recorded 537 rebounds during his three-year career, which still ranks 22nd all-time in school history.

During his senior year in 1973-74, Boatwright averaged 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Overall, Boatwright played in 78 games during his USU career, starting 67. He led the team in scoring as both a junior and senior, and in field goal percentage during his sophomore and senior seasons. During his junior year, Boatwright set the USU single-game school record by going 14-of-14 from the free throw line in a 104-83 win against LSU.

Following his collegiate career, Boatwright played professionally oversees before serving as an assistant coach at Utah State for Kohn Smith for three years (1989-91). Most recently, Boatwright coached junior high basketball in Idaho.

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