May 8, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Hardwood legend Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane, who starred on at every level of New York City basketball from high school to college at St. John's and later as a coach and scout for the New York Knicks, passed away on Monday, April 30, in Irmo, S.C.
The gregarious Levane, who was 92, was remembered at funeral services today at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Irmo.
"It was 1942 the first time I saw St. John's ever play. It was at Madison Square Garden, and Fuzzy was a part of the starting five," said St. John's Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca. "He went to Madison High School and was an excellent all-around, tough, hard-nosed player. The game developed around him. He was a sound, smart, New York City ball player. He then went and played with the Rochester Royals with Red Holzman and others, and he and Red became close. Red later became an assistant in Milwaukee and then New York.
"I got to know Fuzzy at Clair Bee's Camp All-America that was attended by all of the great coaches in the country," Carnesecca continued. "Fuzzy was always a wonderful guy, he made people feel very comfortable. He knew the game very well but never thought he was a genius. He was truly one of the great figures in St. John's and New York City basketball history."
A member of the 1942-43 NIT champions, Levane was a main cog in one of St. John's most successful seasons in history. He was named the Haggerty Award winner by the New York writers and left a colorful record on the history of both New York City and St. John's basketball.
For his St. John's career, Levane played in 59 games across the 1940-41, 1941-42 and 1942-43 seasons, averaging 6.7 points per game.
Levane went on to play professionally in basketball's National League, then in the Basketball Association of America and eventually the NBA. He later became a coach and a scout for the New York Knicks.