Former Tar Heel Player Passes Away From Leukemia

CHAPEL HILL -- Geff Crompton, who played in 36 games for Coach Dean Smith as a member of the University of North Carolina men's basketball team in the 1970s, passed away early Monday morning of complications from leukemia.

Crompton was 46 years old. A native of Burlington, N.C., Crompton resided in Tallahassee, Fla.

"It's a real sad time and a shock to all of us," says Coach Smith. "Geff was one of the most loyal young men the University of North Carolina has known. I don't know anyone who was more interested in what the Tar Heels were doing than Geff. He was very popular and contributed to our basketball teams. He then had experience with five NBA teams.

"For the last 16 summers he used his two weeks of vacation time from the restaurant he managed in Florida to come back and work basketball camp," Smith continues. "He was such a caring person and came from that type family in Burlington. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them in this difficult time."

Crompton was a counselor at the Carolina Basketball Camp as recently as last summer.

Crompton scored 126 points and had 117 rebounds as a Tar Heel. He made 53 of 108 field goal attempts for a percentage of .491.

As a senior in 1977-78, Crompton played in 27 games and averaged 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He also played in seven games in 1975-76 and two games in 1973-74.

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