Clemson basketball

Ex-Clemson player Ross killed

Ross, 52, played on four postseason teams

From Staff ReportsJune 13, 2012 

Former Clemson basketball player Bill Ross died Monday in an automobile accident in Sebring, Fla..

Ross, 52, was a four-year letterman under coach Bill Foster A four-year letterman under coach Bill Foster from 1978-82.

Police say Ross was stopped at a red light at 8 a.m. when he was hit from behind by another car that triggered a five-car accident. He was wearing a seat belt and was on his way to work at Progress Energy, the company he had worked for the last 20 years.

Ross, a 1982 graduate, was a part of the first senior class in school history to play in four postseason tournaments, including the 1979-80 team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the only time a Clemson team has been one game away from the Final Four.

Ross, a 6-foot-10 center, played in 106 games, 29 as a starter. He scored 513 points, had 303 rebounds and shot 49 percent from the field, including 53 percent as a senior in the 1981-82 season.

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