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Givens, Jack L. "Goose"

(born: 1956) 

Jack Givens was born in Lexington, KY. A 6' 4" forward and guard, he scored 41 points while leading the University of Kentucky to victory in the 1978 NCAA Championship game. He was a three-time All-SEC player and second leading scorer in the history of the school. Givens was the first African American All-American in Kentucky. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played for two years. Jack Givens is a brother to Reuben Givens and the newphew of Lou Johnson. For more see Jack Givens at


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