Gerald Govan (born January 2, 1942 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a retired American professional basketball player.
Govan played high school basketball at Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City.
A 6'10" forward/center from St. Mary of the Plains College, Govan spent nine years (1967–1976) in the now-defunct American Basketball Association, playing for the New Orleans Buccaneers, Memphis Pros, Utah Stars and Virginia Squires. He tallied 5,251 career points and 7,119 career rebounds, and he appeared in the 1970 ABA All-Star Game.
Govan is one of only six players to have participated in each of the original ABA's nine seasons of existence. The others are Freddie Lewis, Byron Beck, Stew Johnson, Bob Netolicky and Louie Dampier. Govan appeared in 681 regular season ABA games—4th all-time, and tops among players who never played in the NBA.
By Dean Hanley
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