Grote from the 1962 Lair
|Born||December 28, 1940|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Cantwell (Montebello, California)|
|College||Loyola Marymount (1959-1962)|
|NBA draft||1962 / Round: 4 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|1962-1963||Long Beach Chiefs|
|1964-1965||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Grote, a 6'4 guard from Cantwell High School in Montebello, California, played collegiately at Loyola University in Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount). Grote made a splash in his first year of eligibility, averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and winning West Coast Athletic Conference player of the year honors as a sophomore. He followed that up by averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds and leading the Lions to the 1961 WCAC title. In Grote's senior year, he averaged 13 points per game and was named second team All-WCAC. He finished his career with 1,011 points - scoring his 1,000th point in his final collegiate game.
Following the close of his college career, Grote was drafted in the fourth round (28th pick overall) of the 1962 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks. However, he opted to play for the Long Beach Chiefs of the American Basketball League. Grote averaged 7.5 points per game in 24 contests for the Chiefs in the 1962-63 season.