A standout basketball player for the University from 1958-60 who was also a trailblazer, as he became the first African-American athlete to accept a scholarship at MU, when he did so from basketball coach Sparky Stalcup in 1956 ... Led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding during the 1958-59 season, at 16.1 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per contest ... Totaled 404 points that season, and became only the 4th Tiger in history to reach 400 points at the time ... Had a brilliant 28-point outing at Kansas that season ... Was a very unassuming man who by all accounts dealt with the unfortunate situations that would arise with class and dignity ... One situation occurred as a junior in December 1958, when the team traveled to Houston, Texas to play Rice ... As the team checked into the hotel the night before the game, the hotel refused to let Abram stay there ... Unable to make last-minute accommodations for the entire team, Stalcup made arrangements for Abram to stay in a dorm room at nearby Texas Southern University ... The next night, Abram scored 23 points to lead MU to a 68-62 victory ... Played professionally briefly with Seattle of the old National Industrial Basketball League, before the league folded ... He later worked for the City of St. Louis, as well as the Internal Revenue Service ... Passed away in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., in 1982 at the age of 44.