Louis Orr Has Passed Away at Age 64 (Report)
According to a report, Louis Orr, a Syracuse basketball legend, has died at the age of 64. Report by Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports. Our thoughts and prayers go out for Orr’s loved ones, friends, and family.
Louie Orr was one of the first recruits to Jim Boeheim’s team when he began his Hall of Fame career as Syracuse basketball’s head coach. Orr was a star at Withrow in Cincinnati Ohio and was one the most consistent scorers to ever come through the Orange program. He formed the Bouie ‘N Louie Show with Roosevelt Bouie, compiling a record 100-18 over four seasons. Orr averaged 12.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds over his career. As a senior, Orr averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, while shooting 57% from floor. He was awarded All-American honors. For his college career, he shot 55%. Orr participated in 116 games and started 87.
The Indiana Pacers selected Orr in the First Round 1980 NBA Draft. After two seasons playing with Indiana, Orr spent six with the New York Knicks. He averaged 9.8 and 3.7 points per game in his NBA career. This included a career-high 12.7 points per games during the 1984-85 campaign.
Orr went on to become a successful coach after his professional basketball career. After three years as an assistant at Xavier, Orr moved to Providence. He returned to Central New York to be a coach with Boeheim, starting with the 1996-97 season. He stayed with Boeheim for four years. Orr was hired by Siena as his first head coach in 2000. He led the Saints to the MAAC title tie in his first season. Orr would move to Seton Hall and be named Big East Coach of The Year in 2002-03. He would spend five seasons as a Pirates coach. Orr would then take over as Bowling Green’s head coach for a few more seasons before becoming an assistant at Georgetown.
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Orr was the Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence Award winner in 1990. He was named to the Syracuse All Century Team 2000 and a Letterwinner of Distinction 2006. In 2015, Syracuse returned Orr’s jersey along with Roosevelt Bouie, his teammate.
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