Porter died a little over a week after he was found severely beaten in an alley. He was 58.
Police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened to a man who had his share of problems, but emerged from a drug rehab program in Minnesota in 1989 and turned his life around. Since his turn around, Porter had been working as a probation officer for Ramsey County, Minnesota. There have been no arrests in connection with Porter’s attack.
He averaged 22.8 points and 14.8 rebounds at Villanova from 1968-71. In 1997, Villanova retired Porter’s No. 54 jersey, and he holds the university’s career record for rebounds with 1,317.
Often times forgotten when the greatest names of college basketball are dropped, but Howard “Geezer” Porter will be remembered dearly and missed forever.
May the Geezer rest in peace.