By NEMS Daily Journal
Leland Mitchell, who was a key player for Mississippi State during its historic 1962-63 basketball season, died Saturday. He was 72.
Mitchell played three seasons for MSU, earning All-SEC honors in 1963.
That season marked the first time State played in the NCAA tournament,
facing an integrated Loyola-Chicago in the first round. MSU lost the game but helped break down racial barriers by playing the contest.
Mitchell averaged 15.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during his MSU career.
Visitation is set for 5-7 p.m. today at Welch Funeral
Home in Starkville. Funeral services are Thursday at 11 a.m. in the
Welch chapel, with burial at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.