Myer Skoog

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Myer Skoog
Personal information
Born (1926-11-02) November 2, 1926 (age 91)
Duluth, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Brainerd (Brainerd, Minnesota)
College Minnesota (1948–1951)
NBA draft 1951 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career 1951–1957
Position Guard
Number 41, 20
Career history
19511957 Minneapolis Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,800 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,133 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 903 (2.6 apg)
Stats at

Myer Upton "Whitey" Skoog (born November 2, 1926) is an American retired professional basketball player for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota.[1]

A 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) and 180 lb (82 kg) guard, Skoog played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. Following his All-America senior season, he was drafted in the first round of the 1951 NBA draft by the Lakers.

The Lakers won three NBA Championships in his first three years in the league. Skoog played in six seasons in the NBA before back injuries forced his retirement. Some credit Skoog with being the creator of the jump shot and one of the first players to use a jump shot in an organized game.

Following his career in the NBA, Skoog became the men's basketball coach and golf coach at Gustavus Adolphus College. He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1987.

Skoog currently resides in an assisted living facility in St. Peter, Minnesota.


  1. ^ Christgau, John (1999). "Fire, Myer!". Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 1–29. ISBN 0-8032-6394-5. 

External links

  • Career Statistics
  • Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame

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