He was a sharp-shooting All-American at the University of Cincinnati after failing to make his high school team in Pittsburgh three years in a row. He finished at UC as its all-time leading scorer with 1,598 points. He is still ranked in the top 10 and his points were from outside shots before the three-point line was ever considered.
Twyman is still second on the all-time rebounding list with 1,242 and these were in the days when freshmen weren't eligible.
The Rochester Royals drafted him two seasons before they moved to Cincinnati. He went on to be an NBA All-Star six times.
As great as these achievements are the best of the man came from his humanity.
His teammate and fellow Pittsburgh native, Maurice Stokes, was undercut in a game during the 1958 NBA game. Days later he suffered a stroke which made him a paraplegic. Twyman became the legal guardian of Stokes so that he could get the medical attention Stokes needed. Stokes died in 1970. Twyman organized an exhibiton game to raise funds for Stokes medical bills.
Below is an excellent article by Bill Koch of the Cincinnati Enquirer
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