Jim Rowinski: Former Purdue Basketball Star and Big Ten Player of the Year, Dies at 63


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Jim Rowinski, a beloved figure known for his remarkable journey in basketball, passed away on February 4, 2024.


Rowinski, who rose to fame as a star player for Purdue University, passed away at the age of 63.

Beginning his basketball career as a walk-on for the Purdue Boilermakers in 1980, Rowinski’s determination and hard work earned him a starting position. In 1984, he led the team to a Big Ten title, showcasing his talent and dedication on the court.

Following his collegiate success, Rowinski ventured into the professional basketball scene overseas, playing in various European countries.


Jim Rowinski
Photo via Journal and Courier

Even after retiring from playing, he remained involved in the sport as an assistant coach for several teams.

The news of Rowinski’s passing sparked an outpouring of condolences from former teammates, coaches, and fans, who remembered him for his skill, tenacity, and positive influence on the game. While the cause of his death has not been disclosed, his absence leaves a void in the basketball community.

Jim Rowinski will be remembered as more than just a basketball player – he was a symbol of perseverance, excellence, and sportsmanship.


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