PLAYER PROFILE

BILL CLOSS

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Bill Closs He played collegiately for Rice University. In his final year, he led the Southwest Conference in scoring and was  named an All-American  in 1943.  After graduation, Closs joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. After a strong  rookie season with Indianapolis in the National Basketball League, Closs signed as player-coach of the Houston entry the newly formed Professional Basketball League of America. The new league folded after just three weeks and Closs returned to the NBL. Closs never attained star status during his six year pro career, but he was a valued player  and still in demand when he decided to retire in 1952 to enter business. Following the conclusion of his professional basketball career, Closs enjoyed over 35 years of success in the sporting goods industry .

 

BILL CLOSS Height: 6:06 Weight:   215 College: Rice’43
Thomas William Closs     Born: Jan 8, 1922     Died:   Jun 6, 2011 Hometown: Hearne, Tx.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1946-47 Indianapolis NBL 44 119 34 63 .540 272 6.2
1947-48 Houston PBLA 2 4 3 7 .429 11 5.5
1947-48 Indianapolis NBL 55 162 72 123 .585 396 7.2
1948-49 Anderson NBL 64 203 110 166 .663 516 8.1
1949-50 Anderson NBA 64 283 186 259 .718 160 752 11.8
1950-51 Philadelphia NBA 65 202 166 223 .744 110 570 8.8
1951-52 Fort Wayne NBA 57 120 107 157 .682 76 347 6.1
Major League Totals 351 1093 678 998 .679 ### 8.2
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1946-47 Indianapolis NBL 4 10 3 6 .500 23 5.8
      1946-47 Indianapolis WBT 3 7 1 2 .500 15 5.0
1947-48 Indianapolis NBL 4 15 7 13 .538 37 9.3
      1947-48 Indianapolis WBT 1 2 1 2 .500 5 5.0
1948-49 Anderson NBL 7 25 35 47 .745 85 12.1
1949-50 Anderson NBA 8 33 25 30 .833 14 91 11.4
1950-51 Philadelphia NBA 2 2 3 5 .600 5 7 3.5
1951-52 Fort Wayne NBA 1 1 3 3 1.000 4 5 5.0
Major League Totals 30 95 78 108 .722 268 8.9
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