(CBS Connecticut) — The first thousand-point scorer in UConn basketball history has died. Vin Yokabaskas, who was 84, was a member of the inaugural class of the “Huskies of Honor” named in 2007, and a member of the UConn All-Century team in 2001.
Yokabaskas, who grew up in Bloomfield, was an All-New England pick and was named All-Yankee Conference in 1950, 1951 and 1952. He scored 22 points in UConn’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance, against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, on March 20, 1951.
After college, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War and then went on to work for Hamilton Standard, Kaman Aircraft and the East Granby Machine Company. He was a resident of Simsbury.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Conn., on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. with calling hours prior, beginning at 1:30 p.m.