Greg Lee, former UCLA guard under coach John Wooden, dies at age 70

LOS ANGELES — Greg Lee, who helped UCLA to back-to-back national championships as a starting guard under coach John Wooden in 1972 and 1973, has died. He was 70.

Lee died Wednesday at a San Diego hospital from an infection related to an immune disorder, the university said Thursday after being informed by his wife Lisa.

Lee became a starting guard on the varsity team in 1971-72 as a sophomore alongside Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. The Bruins had a 30-0 record and won games by an average margin of over 30 points. They beat Florida State 81-76 in the national title game.

The following season, the Bruins went 30-0 again and won the national championship, 87-66 against Memphis State.

During Lee’s senior year of 1973-74, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak ended in a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame. The Bruins’ national title streak also ended at seven when they were beaten 80-77 by North Carolina State in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in double overtime.

Lee averaged 5.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 88 games with the varsity, which had an 86-4 record over his three seasons.

During that time, freshmen weren’t allowed to compete, so Lee, Walton and Wilkes helped UCLA’s freshman-year team to a 20-0 record while Lee averaged 17.9 points.

Lee grew up in the Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles. His father, Marvin, played basketball at UCLA under coach Wilbur Johns, Wooden’s predecessor.

After leaving UCLA, Lee played professionally in the ABA and NBA. He played briefly for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1975-76, reuniting with Walton before playing several seasons in Germany.

In the 1970s, Lee competed on the professional beach volleyball circuit. He won 29 titles and appeared in 39 finals during his career.

After his playing days ended, Lee earned a teaching degree from UCLA. He taught math at Clairemont High in San Diego and coached college basketball and tennis.

In addition to his 48-year-old wife, Lee is survived by his son Ethan; daughter, Jessamyn Feves; and his brother Jon. Greg Lee, former UCLA guard under coach John Wooden, dies at age 70

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