Nebraska basketball legend dies at 90
Nebraska basketball legend James Buchanan has passed away at the age of 90. The University of Nebraska’s athletic department reported the news on Saturday morning. Buchanan died of natural causes.
Buchanan was a member of the Huskers basketball team from 1949-52 and was inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1989. He was a three-year starter in Lincoln and enjoyed plenty of personal and team accolades throughout the course of his career.
In 1950, Buchanan was a member of Nebraska’s Big Seven championship team. He set a school record by scoring 400 points during the 1951-52 season and was named an All-American in 1952. Not only was Buchanan the team’s leading scorer, but he was also the best in field goal percentage.
Over the course of his career with the Huskers, Buchanan scored 821 points. He went on to be selected in the sixth round of the 1952 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played three seasons for the Phillip’s 66ers and was a member of the Olympic practice team for 1956 games.
After a short time in the NBA, Buchanan enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1954.