Kentucky basketball legend Wah Wah Jones, 88, dies

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 9:00 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Funeral arrangements are pending for former University of Kentucky multi-sport standout Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles.

Anderson Laws and Jones funeral home in Harlan, Kentucky, confirmed that it will handle services for Jones, who died Sunday at 88. He was the last survivor of the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" that won the 1948 national championship. Jones returned with three teammates under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp to repeat as titlists in 1949.

The former All-American and 1948 Olympic gold medal winner with the U.S. team is widely viewed as Kentucky's greatest all-around athlete. Jones played football from 1945-48, including three for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and earned all-Southeastern Conference honors in 1946 and '48. He also played baseball.

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