PENNSYLVANIA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
John "Tootie" Allen, Coatesville Area Senior High, school's All Time Leading Scorer (2,372); averaged 26 points per game as a senior leading Coatesville to State Class AAAA Title; 2000 & 2001 All-State Pennsylvania; 2001 Parade Magazine 2nd Team All-American ; 2001 McDonald's All-American Honorable Mention ; 2001 USA Today 3rd Team All USA ; 2001 Roundball Classic (leading scorer) ; played college basketball at Seton Hall University from 2001-2005. 2002 All Big East Rookie Team ; 2003 Metropolitan 2nd Team ; 2005 USBL Rookie of the Year. (Information credit: Wikipedia) (Nominated by Andre Forte)
Paul Arizin, Born in South Philadelphia, Arizin was cut from his La Salle High School team but played in church and independent leagues. He went to Villanova to study chemistry and played in informal leagues before being offered a scholarship. Drafted out of Villanova by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1950, he led the league in scoring in his second season. Paul Arizin was an early adopter of the jump shot leading the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1956 NBA championship and was chosen one of the 50 greatest NBA players. In the 1957-58 season, Arizin reached the 10,000-point mark faster than any player in history to that point. He finished his career with 16,266 points in 713 games. (Associated Press, Randy Pennell)
Jesse Arnelle, He still holds numerous records at Penn State University. He was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 2nd round (15th pick overall) of the 1955 NBA Draft. He had games of 44, 41, and twice 40 at Penn State from 1952-55. He led Penn State to the NCAA Final Four in 1954. LaSalle behind Tom Gola defeated Penn State 69-54 in the semi-finals. Penn State then defeated Southern Cal in the consolation game to take third place. He was named first team All-American in 1954 and second team All-American in 1955.
(Photo credit: Penn State Basketball Yearbook, 2005-2006)
Donny Appleman, Was
the first Blair County player to go over 2,000 points and at a time when few
players in Pennsylvania had gone over that threshold. He was named second
team all-state as a junior and then first team all-state as a senior (had
the most votes) at then "Class C" Williamsburg High School. He
played both basketball and baseball at St. Francis College. How many
college players can say they had 32 points in a college basketball game and hit
two homeruns in a college baseball game! Coached for 22 years (377-188)
combined at Central H.S. and his alma mater, Williamsburg. He also coached
baseball and football while finding time to serve five years as the
Athletic Director at Williamsburg. (Nominated by Tony Labriola)
Also see 2,000 Point Club HERE
(Photo credit: G Leidy)
Gene Banks ('75-'77)....Three time 1st
team All-State selection, two time 1st team All American, the 6'6 Banks
led West Philadelphia* to three year 79-2 record. Named '77 Parade
magazine national co-player of the year with New York's Albert King.
Post season laurels include MVP of Dapper Dan Roundball Classic, and
John Wooden award
for MVP of the McDonald Capital Classic. Three year career stats speak
for themselves: 21.5ppg., 18rpg., 5 assists.
Had successful college career at Duke. (Credit: Bud Tangert, Lititz)
Emerson Baynard. He scored 60 points on Friday Feb 24, 1961 as Chester H. S. defeated Howard H. S. 84-69. He averaged 32 points a game for the season with 640 points in 20 games. He played in all 26 Chester games in1957-58 as a freshman. As a sophomore, he led the "Clippers" to a 27-2 record. They lost to Farrell in the State Championship Game. He was twice named to the All-State Team.
Ernie Beck. Ernie Beck was one of the greatest basketball
players in Philadelphia collegiate history, and still holds 10University
Pennsylvania school records 43 years after playing his last collegiate game.
A three-year varsity letter winner, Beck holds the school records for most
points in a career (1,827), season (673, 1952-53) and a game (47, vs.Duke,
1952-53). He also holds school records for rebounds in a career (1,557)and
season (556, 1950-51); field goals made in a career (704); free throws made
and attempted in one season (183 for 229, 1952-53); and the highest career
and one-season scoring averages (22.3, 25.9, in 1952-53). Pennsylvania had
a combined record of 62-21 in his three varsity seasons, and played in the
NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in Beck's senior year.
He was a first-round draft choice for the Philadelphia Warriors, played six
seasons in the NBA, and was a member of the Warriors' 1956 NBA championship team.
Athletic Hall of Fame).
Dick Braucher. A four year All-Berks pick, was named to the Parade Magazine All-American first team as a senior. At 6-5, he possessed the skills of a guard and a long range shot to match, making him a near impossible assignment for a defenders. Braucher,who went on to start at North Carolina State, finished his scholastic career in 1965 with 1,668 career points for Kutztown, which still rank 10th on the all-time Berks boys scoring list. (Reading Eagle, 12/26/99)
Rod Brookin, Steelton-Highspire. In 1986, Rod was chosen the MVP in the Dappar Dan Classic in Pittsburgh on Friday night, then he jetted back to Harrisburg to take MVP Honors in the 10th Annual Roundball Classic in Bishop McDevitt's Tracey Hall. He led the East to a 93-92 win over the West and Tyrone Doleman (York and the NFL) with 26 points. He went on to a very successful collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1999, he was an assistant coach with South Park in the WPIAL. Tawney Petrick (West Perry) earned MVP honors with 16 points in the West Girl's win over the East 86-75 in the Girl's All-Star Game that year. Photo credit: All-Star Program Archives
Kobe Bryant. Led Lower Marion H. S. to the 1996 Four-A, PIAA State Championship with a 48-43 win over Erie Cathedral Prep, and then made the unprecedented leap not just to the NBA Los Angeles Lakers, which is quite an accomplishment in it's own right, but all the way to being named a starter for the1998 NBA All-Star Game, the youngest NBA All-Star ever!! However, in his first year, he became known as "MR. NO-ASSIST" in the NBA. In the1998 NBA All-Star Game, "he never met a shot he didn't like" shooting 11 of the13 times he touched the ball, and one of those two touches without a shot, he was taking the ball out of bounds! He was selected 13th overall in the NBA draft. Quite a distance to travel for a youth who four years before was only a promising freshman on a 4-20 team. His best year at Lower Merion, of course, was his last ~ where he tallied 1,047 points for the state championship "Aces." He and Shaq teamed up to lead the Lakers to the NBA title in 2000. In 2006, he scored 81 points in an NBA game. ( Photo credit: San Antonio Express -News, Kin Man Hui)
"Larry" Cannon. A 6'4" guard, he played for La Salle University. Cannon was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (5th pick overall) of the 1969 NBA Draft. He played for the Miami Floridians (1969-70), Denver Rockets (1970-71), Memphis Pros (1971-72), Indiana Pacers (1971-72, 1973-74) in the ABA for 194 games and Philadelphia 76ers (1973-74) in the NBA for 19 games. He is on the "Top Ten List" for the history of LaSalle College basketball. In 1973, the Big Five Hall of Fame was inaugurated and the first class of inductees included: Larry Cannon (LaSalle), Cliff Anderson (St. Josephs), Wali Jones (Villanova), Stan Pawlak (Pennsylvania), and Guy Rodgers (Temple). This photo comes from the 1973 induction ceremonies. (Nominated by: Fran McDonald)
Carr, Molly. Four time Academic All-American at IUP, played in
all 110 games in her collegiate career. The leading 3 point field goals corer
in the schools history, she finished 10 th on the school's all-time scoring
list. She played her high school ball at St. Marys Area High School where
she stared in both basketball and softball.
(Photp credit: St. Marys Daily Press3/23/99)
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Chamberlain, Wilt. The legend played at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia before a career at the University of Kansas, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the NBA. He played 1,045 games as a pro scoring 31,419 points while maintaining a scoring average of 30.1 points per game. His high water mark performance came in a game against the New York Knicks played at the Hershey Park Arena, when he scored 100 points in an NBA game as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.
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#15 CHUCK COOPER (1947-50) Pittsburgh, Pa.
(Westinghouse High School)
-Led the Dukes to a 78-19 record and two NIT appearances in his four-year career ... captained a 1949-50 squad that finished with a 23-6 record and No. 6 national ranking ... the '50 Dukes were the first Duquesne team to be ranked for an entire season by the Associated Press ... Cooper went on to become the first black player - and first Duquesne player - drafted by an NBA team when the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round of the 1950 draft ... played in the NBA for six seasons ... died on Feb. 5, 1984. (Credit: Duquesne University website)
Cynthia Johnson Crowley. Cynthia Johnson Crowley was virtually unstoppable in her three seasons playing basketball, as Penn averaged 45 points per game from 1949-1952, Crowley accounted for over 21 points per game. Her third year, Crowley bucketed over 26 points per game, even though women played a 32-minute game, unlike the current 40-minute standard. Eight times during her career Crowley outscored the opposition, and she was benched after the third quarter of one game so Penn wouldn't run up the score.
Pat Cummings. At 6 '10," he led the Area -All Stars with 27 points in a 78-65 over the Blair County All-Stars in the 1974 Big "A" Club All-Star Game played in Altoona. Cummings was named the MVP
in that game. He played high school ball for the Johnstown Trojans that year and went on to a long career in the NBA.
He always came ready to play!
Starred with his two-handed set shot for ten years with the NBA Rochester Royals. He made the NBA All-Star team seven times; he was league MVP in 1947; coached at Seton Hall and Gettysburg College, and later worked in an advisory position with the Converse Company. A native of Harrisburg, PA and a
1937 graduate of John Harris High School, he was named to the College All-American team in 1940-42 while playing for Seton Hall. He was once named by Sport Magazine
as one of the top six players ever to play the game!
He perfected the Dipsy Doodle dribble
while in high school. As the "Harrisburg Houdini", he was the first to
dribble behind his back in Madison Square Garden.
(Credits: Parry Miller, Calobe Jackson Jr.)
Stacey Dean. She was the only girl named four consecutive years to the Big 15 All-Star team. She led the Susquehanna Twp. Lady Indians to the State Championship in 1979 and 1981. The 1980 team lost the state title in overtime. She stands as the school's all-time scorer. Pretty impressive!
Stacey Dengler. She played for the West Girl's in the 1992Mid-State Roundball East-West Girl's All-Star Game. She scored 1,056 points and recorded 768 career rebounds at Central Dauphin H. S. in Harrisburg, was named to the Patriot News Big 15 Team, went on to play her college basketball at Marist, and then to an administrative position with the New Jersey Nets in the NBA . She later moved up the ladder to an administrative post with Connecticut in the WBA.
Harry H. Donovan (Muhlenberg College) -He was named the MVP in the NY-NJ Collegiate All-Star Game in 1949. Harry went from that game to the New York Knicks. While in college (1945-1949), he was All-State Pa. First Team for Four Years. He was also the honorary captain in 45-46. He scored 1527 points in his collegiate career and added awards such as All - Madison Square Garden first team and the Tribune All East/West team. Additionally, he was the most valuable player in the Middle Atlantic Conference twice, and Honorable mention All America in 47/48. After basketball, Harry established himself as a respected businessman and member of his community and has since been recognized for his gracious charitable contributions to hospitals and community programs. (Nominated by Don Miller, email@example.com )
Charles Dudley, nicknamed "Grasshopper" graduated from Harrisburg John Harris High School in 1968, then on to stardom at the University of Washington, and then with the 1975 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. He was named to the Patriot News "Team of the 20th Century" for players from Pennsylvania's mid-state. (12/5/99). (Patriot News, Dave Jones)
Mark DuMars, Sharon High School. A
1st-team all-state Associated Press and United Press International
selection led Sharon to an undefeated 28-0 season in 1956-57- and according to a Sharon
Herald writer on April 6, 1957- "Seldom, if
ever before, has one performer so captured the imagination of the
basketball-conscious Shenango Valley. ... DuMars is bound to go down
with the all-time great players in Sharon High’s history......” (See a Reunion article for
Ellie Unser, a Penn State West Halls freshman in 1959-60, said "he was
the most phenomenal ball handler I ever saw!" In
2005, 30 former Penn State Nittany Lions were
honored during the team’s “Alumni Weekend” ceremony during the game.
Included, was former All-American Mark DuMars (He was twice United Press
International Honorable Mention All-American, 1959 and 1960). He
captained the 1961 team, and his
former teammate and friend Earl Hoffman Jr. remembers being encouraged
constantly by DuMars "to get those rebounds." Mark can be found
on numerous records lists for his collegiate play.
On December 12, 1959, he poured in 31 against West Virginia
to land him a spot of their all-time opponent scoring list.
His best night for Penn State was having 36 against Syracuse in 1960. (Nominated by Tony Labriola)
Maria Fantanarosa, Mount Carmel High School. She ranks as Pennsylvania's all time scoring leader with 3,823 points. As a senior at Mount Carmel High School she averaged 33.1 per game. She went on to be a 1,000 point scorer in college at Miami of Ohio where she later became the head women's collegiate coach. Prior to her job at Miami of Ohio, she coached at Badion(Ohio) High School, Xavier, South Carolina, and Western Reserve. She was named to the "All-Time Lower Anthracite Region Girl's Basketball Team" by the Reading Eagle.
(Photo and information credit:
Reading Eagle, Doyle Deitz 4/9/00)
B. B. Flenory, Valley High School in New Kensington. One of only 11 players in Western Pennsylvania history to be named a Parade Magazine All-American. He was 1st team all state 2 years; the Pennsylvania player of year in1976; he received the most votes for the all-state team.
He scored 25 playing for Pennsylvania in the famous Dapper Dan Roundball Game in 1976.
He went on to a stellar career at Duquesne University where he once scored 48 in one game, a 85-74 win over Ohio University on 12/30/1978 in the West Virginia Classic Championship. He had 41 on the opening night of the Classic, and was named the Sports Illustrated "Player of the Week."
In a ninth grade game, he was once benched for the first quarter for not wearing
a tie to school, which was team policy on a game day. So he only played
the last three quarters of the game against Deer Lakes, but scored an amazing 81 points.
Another part of the legend and lore of Western Pennsylvania basketball.
(B.B. is #15 on the right in this photo)
"Jumping Joe" Fulks. Named "Player of the Decade" for the 1940 's by USA Today.
He led the NBA in scoring(23.2) in its first season of existence. He was virtually unstoppable, leading the Philadelphia Warriors to the initial NBA championship in 1947. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1949, The Sporting News called Fulks "the greatest basketball player in the country." On Feb. 10, 1949, he didn't disappoint his fans. Fulks scored a then-NBA record 63 points against the Indianapolis Jets. The 1947-48 league scoring champion (22.1 ppg), Fulks was a three-time All-NBA First Team selection. In 1970, Fulks was named to the NBA's 25 th Anniversary All-Star team. (USA Today,1/3/00)
Charles "Chuck" Garrett — A 4-year letterwinner in baseball and a 3-year letterwinner in basketball. He was the first WMHS athlete to score 1,000 points. He was the catcher of the 1952 and ’53 Big Red teams that won Mercer County titles. After graduating in 1953, he attended Westminster College where he lettered 3 years in hoops, 1 in baseball, 3 in golf and 4 in cross country. He was inducted into the West Middlesex High School Athletic Hall of Fame during the annual Kiwanis Tournament in 2007. (12/31/07, Sharon Herald, Rob Malsom)
Tom Gola. A Philadelphia product who went on to an illustrious career at LaSalle University, In his freshman year, 1950-51, LaSalle won the National Invitation Tournament and Gola shared the tournament's most valuable player award, he was a consensus All-American the next three seasons, and was named tournament MVP when LaSalle won the 1954 NCAA championship. He went on to the NBA and was enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on April 26, 1976. He also had a post-basketball career in Philadelphia politics.
Photo Credit: Baker League Website
Dick Graul. The 6-4 Graul, known to his teammates as "Tiger" for his tenacious play, Was the first Reading Red Knight player to be named to the Associated Press and United Press International All-State first team. Under the tutelage of Pete Carril, Graul gradually made the transformation from an ordinary player to a great one, culminating in a senior season (1962) in which he averaged a team-high 18.4 points for a team that finished 18-5.
(Reading Eagle, 12/26/99; Aemro Seyoum)
Dick Groat. Groat was an All-American basketball player at Duke (his jersey #10 was retired) and averaged 12 points per game with the Fort Wayne Pistons in the NBL (1952-1953). He set a Duke Free Throw Percentage Individual Game Record with 17 of 17 against Davidson January 29, 1951.He was College Basketball Player of the Year at Duke University in 1952.However, it was at shortstop in double play combinations with Bill Mazeroski and the Pittsburgh Pirates that Groat excelled. A natural athlete, he never played minor league ball. Groat was the National Baseball League M.V.P.in 1960, leading the major leagues in hitting with a .325 average as captain of the World Champion Pirates. In retirement, he later was the announcer at the University of Pittsburgh basketball games. Born: Nov 4, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Hometown: Swissvale, Pennsylvania.
Richard "Rip" Hamilton
graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High. He was a first team all American and
Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament the year his Connecticut
"Huskies" won the NCAA championship. His total points for the tournament were
among the highest ever. Besides that he's a two time all-star in the NBA as
well as an NBA Champion. On December 27, 2006, Hamilton scored a
career-high 51 points with a personal best 19-for-37 field goal shooting in a
151-145 triple-overtime Pistons loss to the
New York Knicks at
Madison Square Garden.
2007, Hamilton surpassed 10,000 career points
with 22 points in a victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers. (Nominated by
Andre Forte) See
Hamilton story on Philadelphia Inquirer
Harrison, Ben. At Williamsport High School in 1932, he scored 25 points a game at a time when they still had the center jump after each goal. The team went undefeated during the regular season, but was upset in the state playoffs. After the season finished he led 5 of his teammates to the AAU national championship held at Cobo Hall in Detroit. This was the first all Jewish starting 5 to win a state or national title. The 6th man on that team, Larry Kelly went on to play football at Yale and in 1936, he won the Heisman Trophy. Ben was also the 880 winner at the Penn Relays and in the State Championships in 1931 & 1932.
(Credit: Zaq Harrison, Chicago).
Dick Hauck. Hauck, a 6-2 guard, earned a well-deserved reputations one of the best long range marksmen in Berks history. Hauck helped the Cougars of Kutztown win three Berks Titles and two District 3 Class B titles during his four-year career. He finished his career with a school-record 1,942 points, often playing little more than half a game and without the benefit of the 3-point shot. (Reading Eagle, 12/26/99; Aemro Seyoum)
Connie Hawkins, scored 49 pts for the Pittsburgh Rens in a 117-132 game at Cleveland Pipers, 12/23/1961; he scored 54 pts for the Pittsburgh Rens in a 108-110 game vs the Cleveland Pipers, 1/15/1962.
Paul Hoffman. He started for St. Gabriel's of Hazelton for four years (1964-68);he helped to lead the team to two state championships. He scored 2,209 points in 101 games for a 21.9 per game average. He was named first team all-state in 1968, and then went on to St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where he started for three years, including their 1970 Final Four Appearance. (information from Joe Farley)
Essie Hollis. He starred for Erie Strong Vincent before going on to St. Bonaventure to be ranked fifth on the Bonnies’ all-time scoring list with 1,905 points and playing on the 1977 NIT title team. His number "25" was retired at St. Bonaventure. He was drafted into the NBA by the New Orleans Jazz in the 2nd round (22nd pick) in 1977. Jennifer Metz said, "To the residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, Essie Hollis is a basketball legend, and the greatest player to ever play the game." (Credit: Paul Lutcher)
Wanda Holloway, Sharon 1980--is the only 4-time, first-team
all-state selection in the history of Mercer County; a member of the 2,000 Point
Club (2,106); full scholarship to the University of Georgia; Wanda played in a
SEC record 134 games at Georgia and still stands 8th in SEC career
doubles-doubles with 49 (1980-84) and made it to the Final Four.
Kim Homa, Minersville High School. She is one of the few players in Pennsylvania Basketball History to score over 3,000 points. She scored 3,151 points, and as a senior tallied 890 points averaging 27.8 per game. She then played at Kent State University. She was named to the "All-Time Lower Anthracite Region Girl's Basketball Team" by the
(Photo and information credit:
Reading Eagle, Doyle Deitz 4/9/00)
Uniontown (PA) (1922-26). He was selected All-State (1925); Earned All America status at National High School Tournament in Chicago (1926); attended the University of Pittsburgh (1926-30); Three-year letter winner; All-American (1928-30); Led Pittsburgh to the national championship in 1928 and 1930; In 1930 championship game, scored 27 points against Montana State, including the last-second basket in a 37-36 Pittsburgh victory; Led the nation in scoring (1930, 12.6 ppg), and was second (1929, 13.0 ppg) and third (1928, 12.6 ppg); Scored 880 points in three seasons;. Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1930).
(Credit: Edward A. Owens, http://redraidernation.com and the National Basketball Hall of Fame).
Stu Jackson. Combining intelligence with a dominant inside game, the
6-5 Jackson was the centerpiece of the 1972-1973 team that is considered the
best in Reading Red Knight history. He finished his career with a 1,563points,
including a memorable 38 point effort in his final game, a 62-63loss to
General Braddock in the PIAA title game. He went to play in college in Oregon
before he transferring to Seattle for his final season, where he topped the
1,000 point career mark. Jackson was later the president and general manager
of the Vancouver Grizzlies.
(Reading Eagle, 12/26/99;Aemro Seyoum)
Bill Jankans. Reading High's 6-5 forward broke Readings modest scoring record in his three years of playing scholastic basketball. A first-team all-state pick, Jankans helped the Red Knights to a record 25-0 start during his senior season(1966), when Reading won the Central Penn League and District 3 titles before losing to Chester in the PIAA Eastern final. Jankans did most of his damage underneath, but could also hit from the outside and handle the ball in Pete Carril's intricate offense.(Reading Eagle, 12/26/99; Aemro Seyoum)
Michael Jordan. No not the Michael Jordan from the Bulls! He came from Abington Friends High School in Philadelphia in 1996 to play for Pennsylvania in the PA/MD SHOOTOUT. He went to the Pennsylvania University on a Division One scholarship and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the year. All Star scouts followed him from his youth as the outstanding player in the Sonny Hill Developmental League in Philadelphia as an eight grader to a Philly AAU team called the Philadelphia Freedom, and on play in Italy. (by Joe Murray)
-he is already a member
of the following Hall of Fame rosters:
He was once named as the Metropolitan High School Basketball Coach of the Year in New York City at Xavier HS.
basketball career at Norwin H.S.: school records for a single game (32), (39),
and (40)points, a season (574), and a career (1,222); 1st Norwin player in girls
basketball history to score over 1,000 pts; at Salem College received the "Donna
Baran" Basketball Award- 1981-82 and the Salem College Women's Athletic Senior
Award- 1984; Women's Professional Football- Erie Illusion-2000-2003 (Tight-End);
at the age of 45 only female to participate in the men's basketball league in
Edinboro (PA); an ABD (Doctoral Degree) at IUP in Education and still time to
have a daughter (Katie) and a son (Daniel).
Ron Krick. The numbers and honors speak for themselves. He led his
team, West Reading to three straight PIAA Class C State Championships:1959,
1960, 1961. He scored 3,174 career points, an averaged of 32.4 in 98 scholastic
games. He was a two-time all-state selection and a four-time All-Berks pick.
Plain and simple, Krick is the king of Berks basketball. Krick, who was named
to the Parade Magazine and Scholastic All-American teams, played four years for the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the NBA's Cincinnati Royals. Shoulder injuries short circuited his career.
(Reading Eagle, 12/26/99-Amero Seyoum)