Gene Rock, Ex-USC All-American Basketball Player, Dies

Nov. 1, 2002

Former USC All-American basketball player Gene Rock, a three-year letterman who captained the Trojans in 1947, died on Thursday (Oct. 31) in San Diego of cancer. He was 80.

Services for Rock, who retired as a captain from the Los Angeles Police Department in 1979, are private.

Rock lettered at USC in 1942, 1943 and 1947, serving in the Marines in between stints at USC. He earned All-American and All-Pacific Coast League Southern Division honors in 1943, averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game and leading the PCC Southern Division-champion Trojans to a 23-5 record, the most wins in a season by a USC team to that point.

The 5-foot-9 lefty forward led the team in scoring again (11.1) in 1947 and was named USC's MVP en route to All-PCC Southern Division second team honors. He played for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA in 1948.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church (959 C Ave., Coronado, Calif., 92118) or to any preferred charity.

Rock, who prepped at Huntington Park (Calif.) High, is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and three children, Audrey Ferguson, James Rock and John Rock.

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