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Byron Beck

Byron Beck

Columbia Basin College
Class of 1991

Byron Beck was the most dominant inside force in the history of CBC basketball. He led CBC to the Washington Junior College Association championships in 1964 and 1965. The 6’8” center from Kittitas led the Hawks in rebounding and was second in scoring over his two-year career at CBC. He recorded 26 points and 22 rebounds in his final home game and went on to be named the 1965 state JC tournament MVP after scoring 32 points in the championship game. Beck then starred at the University of Denver and was the first player chosen by the Denver Rockets in the 1967 American Basketball Association draft. He played ten years for Denver (Rockets/Nuggets) and was a two-time ABA all-star. Beck was considered one of the best pure shooters in franchise history and his sweeping hook shot was nearly impossible to defend. He was the first player to have his number (#40) retired by the Nuggets.

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