The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was selected by the Rochester Royals with the eighth pick in the 1955 NBA Draft. The organization moved to Cincinnati two years later. Twyman was named an NBA all-star in six of his 11 seasons, including 1960 when he led the league in scoring, averaging 31.2 points. He was named Second Team All-NBA in 1960 and 1962.
Twyman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
Twyman was also known for his compassion for others. He became the legal guardian of Maurice Stokes to help with medical expenses after his Royals teammate was paralyzed due to the aftereffect of a head injury sustained during a game in 1958. Twyman organized an NBA memorial basketball game to raise money for Stokes and other needy former players.
“Jack Twyman was the first former player to greet me six years ago when I returned to Cincinnati,” UC head coach Mick Cronin said.