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Jerry Harper

Age: 67

center on Alabama's "Rocket Eight" basketball teams of the mid-1950s; team's fives starters and three reserves earned the nickname by compiling records of 19-5 in and 21-3 in consecutive seasons en route to the 1956 SEC title; fifth-leading scorer in Alabama history; SEC career rebounding leader. He died after a long illness.

Died: Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 16

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