Walt Hazzard passed away at UCLA Medical Center on Friday following a long illness at the age of 69.

Hazzard transferred to UCLA after spending one season (1960-61) at Santa Monica College. He helped lead UCLA to their first NCAA title.

Hazzard was a first-round selection of the Los Angeles Lakers, he played 724 regular-season games and averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 assists during his 10-year career with Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Buffalo and Golden State.

Six times during those 10 seasons, he ranked among the NBA's Top 10 assists leaders.