Former Ohio State basketball captain Ron Sepic dies

Adam Jardy

Ron Sepic, a former Ohio State men’s basketball team captain and 1,000-point scorer, died Saturday at age 75 in his native Pennsylvania after a battle with cancer.

A three-year starter from 1965-67 and the product of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Sepic came to the Buckeyes when freshmen weren’t permitted to play. In three seasons, he scored 1,107 points, averaging 15.4 per game. He led Ohio State in free-throw shooting percentage as a junior and senior, is a member of the 20-rebound club and finished with 19 career double-doubles.

Upon graduation, Sepic was drafted to play football for the Washington Redskins and basketball for the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals. He had starred in football at Uniontown, where he was a first-team all-state player, and had been recruited to play both sports before picking Ohio State from a final three that also included West Virginia and Duke.

Instead of pursuing a pro career, Sepic chose to enroll in dental school and graduated from Ohio State’s College of Dental Medicine in 1971 before earning a post-graduate degree in orthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Sepic opened his practice in his hometown of Uniontown and Pittsburgh in 1974 until his retirement in 2018.

As a senior at Uniontown, Sepic was named a high school all-American and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show alongside a sophomore named Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame last October.


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