LOS ANGELES – Greg Lee, who helped UCLA win back-to-back national championships in 1972 and 1973 as a starting guard under coach John Wooden, has died. Hello what 70.
Lee died at a San Diego hospital Wednesday from an infection related to an immune disorder, the university said Thursday after being told by his wife, Lisa.
Lee became a starting guard on the varsity team as a sophomore in 1971-72, along with Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. The Bruins were 30-0 while winning games by an average margin of more than 30 points. They beat Florida State 81-76 in the national title game.
The following season, the Bruins went back to 30-0 and won the national championship, 87-66 over Memphis State.
During Lee’s senior year in 1973-74, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak was snapped in a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame. The Bruins’ national title streak also ended at seven when they were defeated by North Carolina State 80-77 in double overtime in the NCAA tournament semifinals.
Lee averaged 5.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 88 games with the varsity team, which compiled an 86-4 record over his three seasons.
At the time, freshmen were not allowed to compete, so Lee, Walton, and Wilkes helped UCLA’s freshman team to a 20-0 record, while Lee averaged 17.9 points.
Lee grew up in the Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles. His father, Marvin, played basketball at UCLA under coach Wilbur Johns, who preceded Wooden.
After leaving UCLA, Lee played professionally in the ABA and NBA. He briefly played for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1975-76, reuniting with Walton, before playing in Germany for several seasons.
Throughout the 1970s, Lee competed on the professional beach volleyball circuit. She won 29 titles and appeared in 39 finals during her career.
After his playing days were over, Lee earned a teaching credential from UCLA. He taught math at Clairemont High in San Diego and coached varsity basketball and tennis.
In addition to his wife of 48 years, Lee is survived by his son, Ethan; daughter, Jessamyn Feves; and his brother Jon.