STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former University of Connecticut basketball star Art Quimby, who averaged more than 21 rebounds a game for the Huskies in the 1950s, has died. He was 77.

UConn officials announced his death Tuesday, without providing additional details.

Quimby led the nation in rebounding in 1954, averaging almost 23 boards per game, and still holds the UConn record with 1,716 rebounds for his career.

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun remembers Quimby as one of the best rebounders in the history of college basketball and as an ambassador for the state and the program.

Quimby was named to the UConn All-Century team in 2001 and to the UConn Huskies of Honor in 2007. He turned down an offer to play for the Rochester Royals in the NBA, and instead pursued a career in education.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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