Former Georgia basketball player Lamar Heard dies

Former University of Georgia basketball player Lamar Heard died Thursday (UGA Sports Communications)

Former Georgia captain Lamar Heard died Thursday night, per a release from the University of Georgia.

The 6-foot-5 forward from Cartersville played in 119 games from 1979-1983 and led Georgia to a Final Four appearance in 1983. He set what at the time were school records for steals in a single game (six against Tennessee in 1980), season (81 in 1982-1983) and career (149).

“Lamar was just a really good person,” former Georgia head coach Hugh Durham said in the release. “I remember how close he was to his family and I know they were really proud of him, not just because he played basketball at Georgia but because he was a solid individual.”

Heard started all 34 games averaged 7.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during the 1982-1983 season. The team won the SEC Tournament and NCAA East Regional. He captained the team with Terry Fair and Derrick Floyd.

“When Lamar stepped across the line, he was like the glue for our team, particularly that team his senior year,” Durham said. “We had a lot of really good players on that team and Lamar was one of them, but those other guys wouldn’t have been as good as they were without Lamar on the floor and in the locker room.”