STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The man considered by many to be the greatest basketball player to ever play at Mississippi State has died.
University officials say Leland Noyal Mitchell, 72, died at his Starkville home on Saturday.
Mitchell played basketball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the early 1960's and earned All-SEC honors in 1963.
The team won three SEC championships during Mitchell's time at MSU.
He was a member of the team who left the state to play Loyola University - Chicago in the NCAA Tournament in 1963.
The team left despite being told they could not participate because of the possibility of playing a team with African-American players.
Following his college career, Mitchell was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL and the St. Louis Hawks basketball team.
He played with the New Orleans Buccaneers in the American Basketball Association during the 1967-68 season.
Mitchells was a real estate developer with interests in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
He is also a member of Mississippi State’s M-Club Hall of Fame.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home, and burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.