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Clifton McNeely

Clifton McNeely
Personal information
Born (1919-06-22)June 22, 1919
Died December 26, 2003(2003-12-26) (aged 84)
Nationality American
Career information
High school Slidell (Slidell, Texas)
College Texas Wesleyan (1941–1942, 1946–1947)
NBA draft 1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Pittsburgh Ironmen

Clifton McNeely (June 22, 1919 – December 26, 2003) was an American basketball player and coach. McNeely graduated from Slidell High School in Slidell, Texas.

After serving with the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, McNeely played basketball at Texas Wesleyan University. He earned All-American honors in 1947 after leading the nation in scoring,[1] and was selected with the first pick of the 1947 BAA Draft by the Pittsburgh Ironmen. However, McNeely never played professional basketball, opting to coach at Pampa High School in Texas.[2] He coached for 13 years and won four state championships. He was later inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. ^ a b Obituary: Clifton McNeely. December 29, 2003. Retrieved on June 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Bob Cook. "Oden's injury a cruel blow for cursed Blazers". NBC Sports. September 13, 2007. Retrieved on June 19, 2008.

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