Great Names In St. John's Basketball History
The best of the little men ever to play at St. John's, Frank Alagia played from 1972-76, and was Frank Mulzoff and Lou Carnesecca's floor leader. He finished his illustrious St. John's career with 478 assists, which was the most in school history until Mark Jackson (738) and Jason Buchanan (665) surpassed that mark. In addition, Alagia was one of only two players to win the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year for players 6-0 and under. Alagia led four St. John's teams to a combined 83-30 record and successful postseason accomplishments. In 1974-75, the team lost the consolation game of the NIT Final Four to Oregon in overtime, 80-76. In 1975-76, the team made it to the ECAC Championship before losing a thriller to Rutgers, 70-67, and was then ousted by Indiana in the NCAA Tournament.
Frank Alagia's Career Statistics
Some things you have to take in pairs, and along with backcourt mate Alan Seiden, Gus Alfieri made up one of the finest tandems in school history. Alfieri and Seiden piled up victories in the late 1950s and starred in the 1959 NIT final with an overtime victory over Bradley. The duo were adept at reading each other's games, and also in seeing inside their opponents' to set up scoring plays that boggled the mind. Alfieri recorded a pair of double-figure scoring seasons, but statistics only tell part of his story. Alfieri and Seiden played as if joined at the hip, and they played basketball with a boundless joy.
Gus Alfieri's Career Statistics
Ron Artest was a first team All-BIG EAST selection as a sophomore after being named to the All-Rookie team following his freshman season. He declared for the NBA Draft following the 1998 NCAA Tournament, leaving St. John's 93 points shy of becoming a 1,000-point scorer. A solid all-around player, he averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He connected on 44.5 percent of his field goals (335-of-753) and 35.5 percent of his 3-pointers (92-of-259). He ranks tied for seventh all-time with 92 career 3-pointers.
Artest was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team after finishing third on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and third in rebounding (6.3 rpg) in 1998. He also earned conference rookie of the week honors four times during the season, and was named to the BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament team after averaging 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Red Storm's two games.
Ron Artest's Career Statistics
No. 21 Walter Berry|
Walter Berry played just two seasons with St. John's but his impact was tremendous. The "Truth," as he was known, transferred to St. John's from San Jacinto Junior College where he was named the National Junior College Player of the Year, averaging 28.9 points and 14 rebounds.
He emerged as one of the top newcomers in the nation in his first season at St. John's, helping lead the team to the Final Four. He earned second team All-BIG EAST honors and first team All-Metropolitan honors that season. He averaged 17.0 points per game which was second on the team behind Chris Mullin. He shattered the school single-season scoring record as a senior, scoring 828 points.
As a senior, he was the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club to the nation's top collegiate player. He was also awarded the Adolph R. Rupp Trophy, given to the player of the year in college basketball by the Associated Press. Berry's biggest honor was being selected the Kodak Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He was the UPI Player of the Year, The Sporting News Player of the Year, Basketball Weekly Player of the Year, CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year and the BIG EAST Player of the Year. He earned these honors by averaging 23.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
Berry was named to the AP and UPI first-team All-America squads. He became only the fourth player in St. John's history to reach the 1,000-point mark in two seasons.
Walter Berry's Career Statistics
*San Jacinto J.C. (not included in totals)
Harry Boykoff played his first season in 1942-43 and led St. John's to its first NIT title with a team-leading 16.6 scoring average. The 6-9 center earned the MVP award of the sixth annual NIT after scoring 56 points in the three games. He was named to several All-America teams that year, including a selection on the All-America basketball team that appeared in The Sporting News, then the national sports newspaper. Boykoff also broke the Madison Square Garden record with a 45-point scoring spree against St. Joseph's.
Boykoff reappeared in 1945-46 after serving in the U.S. military during World War II. He led the team that year with a 16.5 scoring average and again the following year with a 16.7 mark. In that final season, Boykoff became the first St. John's player ever to score 1,000 career points.
Harry Boykoff's Career Statistics
Gerry Bush starred for St. John's just as Madison Square Garden was coming into its own on the New York collegiate scene. The game of basketball was more precise then, with more detail than the speed of today, just a few years after the center jump following each basket had been eliminated. There was also no NBA then, so Bush, along with St. John's classmates like Bill Lloyd, joined the AAU Midwestern teams after his collegiate career. Bush played for the Akron Goodyear team for many years before entering the coaching ranks, where his teams won many games for the University of Nebraska. His team once notched a victory over Kansas when Wilt Chamberlain played for the Jayhawks.
Gerry Bush's Career Statistics
* FTA attempts not available
Gerry Calabrese came of age as a senior after playing part-time minutes his first two seasons. He averaged 10.1 points per game in the 1948-49 season. His head coach, Frank McGuire, labeled him the team's leader that season and teamed with leading scorer Dick McGuire to guide the Redmen to a 15-9 record. He played on two other winning teams (16-7 in 1946-47, 12-11 in 1947-48) and compiled a 43-27 record while wearing the Red and White for St. John's.
Coach Lou Carnesecca|
What can you say about this Hall of Famer that hasn't already been said? Lou Carnesecca is a legend in New York and college basketball circles worldwide. He is synonymous with St. John's Basketball, having coached at the University for 24 seasons.
During those 24 seasons he never failed to qualify for a postseason tournament (18 NCAAs and six NITs). "Looie," as he is affectionately called, compiled a record of 526 wins and 200 losses and directed the team to 20 or more victories in a season on 18 separate occasions.
Carnesecca was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 1992. In 1991, he became only the 30th NCAA Division I coach to reach the 500 career victory mark. In 1988-89, he directed his team to a record fifth NIT title.
His NCAA teams were successful advancing to the Final Four in 1985, to the Eastern Regional Final in 1979 and to the regional semifinals in 1967, 1969, 1983 and 1991.
Carnesecca's record in regular season tournaments is also impressive. He won 17 Lapchick Tournaments and eight ECAC Holiday Festival crowns. In 13 tough years of BIG EAST Conference competition, Carnesecca's teams had a regular season record of 112-65 and were 13-11 in the tournament. He also tied for the regular season title three times and won it outright once.
Carnesecca was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year three times and chosen Metropolitan Area Coach of the Year six times by the New York Basketball Writers Association. In addition, he has two BIG EAST titles to his credit, winning in the 1983 and 1986 seasons.
A standout for head coach Lou Carnesecca in the late 1970s, Reggie Carter played for three seasons at St. John's. He began his career playing half the season (14 games, 12.6 points per contest) as a key reserve in 1977-78 after beginning his career at the University of Hawaii. Carter two standout seasons were in 1978-79 and 1979-80, and for his career he averaged 15.0 points per game and amassed 1,061 points in a St. John's uniform. Carter will forever be remembered for leading St. John's to the NCAA Final Eight (defeating Temple, Duke and Rutgers) before losing to Pennsylvania 64-62 in the NCAA East Regional Final in Greensboro, N.C. He had a career high 39 points against Brigham Young on Dec. 16, 1978, in a 90-83 win at Alumni Hall.
Reggie Carter's Career Statistics
* played 1975-76 season at the University of Hawaii
Mel Davis played two seasons with St. John's before pursuing a professional basketball career, but it took only those two years for Davis to emerge as one of the great names in program history.
A 6-7 scoring and rebounding machine, Davis led the team in both those categories in his first season as a sophomore. That year, Davis grabbed 436 rebounds, fifth-highest total nationally, and still the most ever garnered by a St. John's player in a single season. Davis averaged 16.1 rebounds per game, leading the team in 23 of 27 games. He also led the team in scoring with 561 points, the second-most points scored by a sophomore at St. John's up to that point. His high rebounding total and 20.8 points per game average earned him many honors. He was a five-time ECAC Star of the Week, he was named to the All-Metropolitan Team by the New York Basketball Writers and he was the recipient of the Frank J. Haggerty Memorial award as St. John's most outstanding athlete. He was also named to a host of All-America teams that year.
In his junior season, Davis was elected to several All-America teams, all-star teams and all-tournament teams as he followed up his great sophomore year with an equally impressive junior campaign. He averaged 21.1 points per game and grabbed 409 boards. Davis now ranks 33rd on St. John's all-time scoring list with 1,130 career points and is ranked seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 845 career boards.
Mel Davis' Career Statistics
Alfred "Dusty" DeStefano|
The former head coach of the Redmen, Alfred "Dusty" DeStefano finished his career 49-38 for a winning percentage of .563. DeStefano also played and tutored under Joe Lapchick from 1938-40. He was a part-time player who was more known for his defense and agility than his scoring prowess.
Lloyd "Sonny" Dove|
Lloyd "Sonny" Dove ranks 10th on the St. John's all-time scoring list with 1,576 career points and is second only to George Johnson as STJ's all-time leading rebounder with 1,036 career boards. Dove and Johnson are the only two St. John's players ever to score more than 1,000 career points and grab more than 1,000 career rebounds.
Dove played from 1964-67. In his first season, he averaged 13.8 points per game and led the team with an 11.7 rebounds per game average for Coach Joe Lapchick. He was named to the Holiday Festival All-Star team and to the NIT All-Tournament team that year. In his second season with the team and first with new head coach Lou Carnesecca, Dove was named to several All-America teams including, first team All-America by the Helms Athletic Foundation and The Sporting News, and a third team All-America by AP and UPI. Dove averaged 21.2 points per game and 14.2 rebounds per game that season, which also earned him first team All-Metropolitan honors.
In his final season at St. John's, Dove was once again named to several All-America teams including first team All-America by the Helms Athletic Foundation and The Sporting News, second-team All-Americaa by UPI and third-team All-America by AP. The New York writers named him the winner of the Haggerty Trophy, the metropolitan area's college basketball MVP. He averaged 22.4 points per game and 11.8 boards. Dove set the then-St. John's record in 1967 with 242 field goals in a season (which currently ranks eighth-best) and became the first St. John's player to ever grab 1,000 rebounds for a career.
Lloyd "Sonny" Dove's Career Statistics
LeRoy Ellis ranks 24th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,289 career points and fifth on the school's all-time rebounding list with 927 boards. Ellis still holds the school record for highest rebounding average in a season (16.5) and most rebounds in one game with 30 against NYU in 1961.
His great collegiate career spanned from the 1959-60 season through 1961-62. In his first season, Ellis averaged 10.6 points per game and was second on the team with 253 rebounds. In his second season, Ellis averaged 16.5 points a game, which was second best on the team behind Tony Jackson. In 1962, Ellis was named the recipient of the Haggerty Award, given to the most valuable collegiate basketball player in the metropolitan area. He earned that honor by leading the team with a 23.5 scoring average and 430 rebounds. Ellis was named to several All-America, all-star and all-tournament teams during his illustrious career at St. John's.
LeRoy Ellis' Career Statistics
* Statistics unavailable
James A. "Buck" Freeman|
Buck Freeman graduated from St. John's in 1927 and immediately became the head basketball coach at his alma mater. Prior to his coaching days, Freeman wore a St. John's uniform for Coach John Crenny. In his first season in 1923-24, he averaged 8.2 points per game, which tied for the team high. In his second season, he was third on the team in scoring with a 7.9 average. He averaged 6.5 points a game and helped lead his team to an 18-7 mark in his junior year. That year, Freeman had a team-high 31 points versus N.Y. State Agriculture. In his final season, he led the team with 6.8 points per game.
Freeman's years as head coach took St. John's to national prominence. In 208 games as head coach, Freeman's squad posted a 177-31 record for a winning percentage of .851, the highest in NCAA history. He assembled a club properly known as the "Wonder Five." In the four years these five - Matty Begovich, Mac Kinsbrunner, Max Posnack, Rip Gerson and Al Schuckman - played together, they compiled a record of 88 wins and eight losses, with four of the losses coming in their first season. Freeman's coaching theories changed the face of the game of basketball.
Buck Freeman's Career Statistics
John "Taps" Gallagher|
John "Taps" Gallagher earned a tremendous reputation as a coach at Niagara University where he was the entire athletic department for close to 40 years. He first was given his nickname in the 1920s, just before the "Wonder Five" days, when getting the center tap after each basket was vital. Gallagher coached high school basketball in New York before going to Niagara, where he had a superb career and delighted in knocking off his alma mater from time to time.
John "Taps" Gallagher's Career Statistics
Jack "Dutch" Garfinkel|
In the early days of St. John's Athletic Hall of Fame, many names were tossed around in deserved consideration for election. Walter McLaughlin, the beloved "Mr. Mac" of St. John's athletic annals, commented, "Don't forget Dutch Garfinkel."
Asked for more detail, McLaughlin simply replied that Garfinkel might well have been the best in St. John's basketball history. While that can be debated, there would be many who would agree. Garfinkel played on both ends of the court at the same time with constant drive and with creativity. For many years he was a basketball official in the New York area, adding to his reputation in the game.
Jack "Dutch" Garfinkel's Career Statistics
* Statistics unavailable
The little man of St. John's "Mutt and Jeff" combination with Harry Boykoff, Hy Gotkin was often scurrying down the court looking for methods to crush the opposition. That was mostly setting up plays, notably to Boykoff, the first tall tower in New York basketball. The "Mutt and Jeff" nickname stemmed from the comic strip featuring the big guy and a little guy. Gotkin led the 1943 and 1944 Redmen teams to the NIT title and was always available to help his alma mater in any way possible. He went on to serve as an administrator in the Brooklyn school system for many years.
Hy Gotkin's Career Statistics
Zendon Hamilton was part of head coach Brian Mahoney's highly touted recruiting class in 1994 that brought Felipe Lopez and guard Tarik Turner to St. John's. Hamilton would go on to impress and finish his St. John's career in the top five in several statistical categories. He is currently listed as the fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,810 points behind Chris Mullin, Malik Sealy, Lopez and Bob Zawoluk. He is fourth all-time in rebounding with 946 boards behind greats George Johnson, Lloyd "Sonny" Dove and Tony Jackson. Hamilton also holds an individual career record for free throw attempts during his four years (1994-98) at St. John's with 912.
Zendon Hamilton's Career Statistics
Greg "Boo" Harvey|
The master of the last second shot, Harvey won three games during the 1989-90 season on St. John's final possession. His buzzer-beaters - beating DePaul, 55-54 on Nov. 22, 1989 at MSG, upending Georgetown 63-62 on Feb. 21, 1990 in Washington, D.C., and at Pittsburgh, 76-75 on Feb. 26, 1990 - are forever etched in St. John's lore. Harvey averaged 16.5 points per game that season and with teammate Malik Sealy led St. John's to an impressive 24-10 record. That team advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament where they were beaten by Duke at the Omni in Atlanta, Ga. Harvey's 1987-88 season saw him average 11.9 points, leading the team to a 17-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He played two seasons at St. John's, both under Hall of Fame Head Coach Lou Carnesecca.
Greg "Boo" Harvey's Career Statistics
The greatest assist man in St. John's history, Mark "Action" Jackson totaled a school record 738 assists. He was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team after dishing out 108 assists as a freshman.
He was the "sixth man" on St. John's Final Four team, ranking third on the team in assists with 109 and second in field goal percentage with .564. He emerged as one of the premier point guards in the nation during his junior season, dealing a then-NCAA record 328 assists, which still ranks as the fifth-best collegiate single-season effort of all time. His 150 assists in BIG EAST games was also a league record. Jackson proved to be a capable scorer as he averaged 11.3 points per game. He was named first team All-BIG EAST and All-Met and was an AP honorable mention All-American.
In his senior season, Jackson was named the BIG EAST Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He was a second team All-America selection by AP, UPI and Basketball Weekly. He was the co-recipient of the Haggerty Award, given to the MVP of the metropolitan area, and was a first team All-BIG EAST selection. Jackson averaged 18.9 points per game his senior season and finished his career with 1,328 points.
Mark Jackson's Career Statistics
Tony Jackson, a native of Brooklyn, starred for St. John's on the hardwood under Joe Lapchick, lettering three times from 1958-59 to 1960-61. A two-time consensus All-American, Jackson is currently listed ninth among all-time St. John's scoring leaders with 1,603 points. He is also third on the all-time rebounding list with 991 career boards. In his first season in 1958-59, Jackson helped the team to the Postseason NIT title, scoring 20.0 points per game. That year he was named Most Valuable Player of both the NIT and the ECAC Holiday Festival. He set a then-school record that season with 27 rebounds in one game (that currently ranks second best).
In his second season in 1959-60, Jackson earned consensus All-America honors and led St. John's with a 21.2 ppg scoring average, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, while averaging 12.9 rebounds per game as well.
In his senior year, Jackson was the recipient of All-America accolades and won the Haggerty Award, given to the best collegiate basketball player in the metropolitan area. Jackson averaged 22.0 ppg that year.
Jackson was drafted with the first pick in the third round of the 1961 NBA Draft by the New York Knickerbockers. In 1968, he joined the ABA's New Jersey Americans, where he scored 19.4 ppg. In 1969, Jackson played for three ABA teams: the Houston Mavericks, the Minnesota Pipers and the New York Nets. He finished his ABA career with a 15.9 ppg scoring average.
Tony Jackson's Career Statistics
* Statistics unavailable
Johnson ranks sixth on St. John's all-time scoring list with 1,763 career points. Johnson's claim to fame, however, is as the greatest rebounder in school history with 1,240 career boards. Johnson played from 1974 through 1978, and along with Lloyd "Sonny" Dove, is one of two players in St. John's history to score more than 1,000 career points and pull down more than 1,000 rebounds.
In his freshman season, the 6-7 star averaged 10.1 points a game and led the team with 285 boards. As a sophomore, he was an honorable mention All-American, averaging 13.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. As a junior, Johnson exceeded the 1,000-point mark for his career. He averaged 17.4 points and led the team with 335 rebounds. He led the team that year with 19.4 points and 324 rebounds. Johnson was the 1978 recipient of the Haggerty Award given to the Metropolitan MVP.
George Johnson's Career Statistics
|1974-75||31||139-263||.529||35-54 ||.648||285|| 9.2||313||10.1|
Coach Joe Lapchick|
Joe Lapchick was the first talented big man to play in the collegiate ranks. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1966 as an original member of the Celtics travel team from the era of the "Roaring 20's." The "Big Indian," as he was called, had a career in basketball that virtually spanned the game from its true beginning to its full growth.
He coached at St. John's from 1936-1947, left to roam the sidelines for the New York Knicks from 1947-1956, where upon he returned to lead the Redmen until his retirement in 1965. He won 334 games during his tenure, among those were four National Invitation Tournament titles (1943, 1944, 1959 and 1965).
University officials recognized Lapchick for his many accomplishments by naming a regular season tournament (The Joe Lapchick Memorial) in his honor. In 1985 he was unanimously chosen as part of the first induction class to enter the St. John's Athletic Hall of Fame. Lapchick died on August 10, 1970.
Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane|
A member of the 1942-43 NIT champions, Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane was a main cog in one of St. John's most successful seasons. 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. He played in the old National League professionally and then in the Basketball Association of America and the NBA. He later became a coach and a scout for the New York Knicks.
Andrew "Fuzzy" Levane's Career Statistics
Felipe Lopez finished his St. John's career as the third all-time leading scorer, behind fellow NBA stars Chris Mullin and Malik Sealy, with 1,927 points. He recorded a final average of 16.9 points per game while playing in 114 games in his four year St. John's career.
Lopez's statistics are among the top 10 in nearly every offensive category. He ranks second in career 3-point field goals made with 148, fifth in total field goals with 670, second in field goal attempts with 1,615, seventh in free throws made (439), fifth in free throw attempts (667), ninth in steals with 135 and first in three-point field goal attempts with 500. A former McDonald's All-American, Lopez was the number one rated player in the country in 1994 out of Rice High School in the Bronx. He will forever be remembered as one of the classiest players, on-and-off the court, to ever wear the St. John's uniform.
Felipe Lopez's Career Statistics
Most of his fame would come later as a successful NBA coach and network broadcaster, but Kevin Loughery starred for Joe Lapchick at St. John's from 1960-62. Loughery's teams posted a combined 41-10 record and boasted a pair of 20-win seasons during his tenure in Queens. He averaged 10.6 points in 25 games in 1960-61 (his first season) and 15.5 points per game in his final year, teaming with LeRoy Ellis to lead St. John's to the semifinals of the NIT Tournament in 1962.
Kevin Loughery's Career Statistics
The BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 1993, Brian Mahoney served as an assistant coach under Lou Carnesecca for 18 seasons before being named St. John's head coach in 1992. In his first season at the helm, the Redmen won 19 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Captains on Mahoney's first team included Lamont Middleton and David Cain. Mahoney served as head coach at St. John's from 1992-1996 and is currently working in the Athletic Development Office at the University.
Bob McIntyre stands 20th among St. John's all-time scorers with 1,349 points and is 22nd among the all-time rebound leaders with 665. For his career, he played in 78 games and averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In his three years, St. John's compiled a 53-27 record and participated in the NIT all three seasons.
McIntyre's presence on this team in 1964-65 will always be remembered because it was the final year Joe Lapchick served on the St. John's bench. McIntyre played a key role in the team's NIT championship that sent Coach Lapchick off in grand style. In four NIT contests, he averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Villanova in the NIT title game.
As a senior, he was one of the top players for rookie coach Lou Carnesecca in 1965-66. He scored the winning basket on Dec. 4, 1965 in a 64-62 overtime win at Georgetown to help land Carnesecca the first of his 526 career wins.
Bob McIntyre's Career Statistics
From 1962-65, Ken McIntyre starred for Head Coach Joe Lapchick and scored 1,174 points as the team's top offensive threat. His scoring average increased each year with his best season coming during in 1964-65, when he put up 17.9 points per game and shot a blistering .878 (144-of-164) from the free throw line. In his senior season, McIntyre led the Redmen to a 21-8 record and the National Invitation Tournament championship with a 55-51 win over Villanova.
Ken McIntyre's Career Statistics
Al McGuire played from 1948-51. In his first season with the team he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 average. With brother, Dick, who captained the 1948-49 squad, St. John's finished the season with a 15-9 record. The following season the Redmen finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. McGuire ended his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA. The team concluded the season with a 26-5 record.
In 1992, McGuire was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for his celebrated coaching accomplishments at Marquette University, where he won the 1977 National Championship.
Al McGuire's Career Statistics
To those St. John's alumni and fans of the 1940s and 1950s, there will always be one player - Dick McGuire. The numbers, of course, do not tell the story as the stats of today were not a part of McGuire's game. His playmaking ability, his superb court sense and his ball handling under fire are more representative of his career, and it was those qualities which brought him to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
McGuire was a soft-spoken man who bore the nickname "Mumbles" for his quick and jumbled ways of conversation, and "Tricky Dicky" for his moves through the defense.
McGuire came to St. John's in 1943-44, a year St. John's won its second consecutive NIT title. He was given the first of two Haggerty Awards as New York City's outstanding collegiate player. Returning to St. John's after the war, he won a second Haggerty in 1949 while playing alongside his brother, Al. He joined the New York Knicks for the 1949-50 season and his long career in the NBA included service with the Detroit Pistons as a player-coach and with the Knicks as a bench coach. You really can't explain Dick McGuire's brilliance if you did not see him play, for seeing him under game pressure was the only evidence to make you believe.
Dick McGuire's Career Statistics
Frank McGuire was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. A man who typified New York City and the city game of basketball, he began his college coaching career at St. John's, his alma mater, in 1947. His teams at St. John's, North Carolina and South Carolina won 550 games. He won the NCAA title with the Tar Heels in 1957. At St. John's, his basketball team went to the championship game in 1952 and his Redmen baseball team went to the College World Series in 1949, marking the only instance of a coach going to the title tournament in two sports.
Frank McGuire spent five seasons as the head coach of the St. John's basketball team from 1947-52 and he compiled a record of 102-36. He also wore the St. John's uniform on the hardwood for three seasons from 1933-36 and averaged 5.4 points per game.
Frank McGuire's Career Statistics
Bill McKeever was a great passer and defender for St. John's from 1937-40. McKeever would be best characterized as a complete player, filling in admirably on offense, where his best season (1937-38) saw him hit for 51 field goals, score 128 points and notch a 7.1 points per game scoring average. McKeever's teams, under coach Joe Lapchick, finished 48-13 and lost no more than five games in his three seasons of collegiate competition. The squad qualified for the National Invitation Tournament on two occasions. Lapchick's squads during McKeever's tenure posted records of 15-4 (1937-38), 18-4 (1938-39) and 15-5 (1939-40).
Brooklyn-born, Jack McMahon was the ultimate role player for St. John's under head coach Frank McGuire from 1949-52. He was known for his great defense, adept floor leadership and an accurate two-handed set shot, which was his trademark. Inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame on September 21, 2000, McMahon led the Redmen to the 1952 NCAA finals in his senior season. He was named a NCAA All-American that year and was a first round pick of the Rochester Royals of the NBA. He was the first St. John's guard to score more than 1,000 points, finishing his career scoring 1,176 points in a St. John's uniform. He went on to a glorious professional career with the Royals and St. Louis Hawks, where his team beat the Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics in the 1957 NBA Championship.
Charles Minlend played for St. John's from 1992-93 to 1995-96. His best season with the Red Storm came during the 1993-94 campaign, where he averaged 13.6 points and hauled in 224 rebounds for an average of 7.7 boards per game. Minlend was a warrior, and his many accomplishments on the court were magnified by his studies off the court, where he graduated with honors through the rigors of the University's five-year pharmacy program. He is also among the University's career leaders with 1,349 points (21st) and 10th all-time in rebounding (784).
Charles Minlend's Career Statistics
At 6-6 from Brooklyn, N.Y., Chris Mullin is the most honored player in St. John's history. The consensus All-American's sharp outside shooting from the floor, his dead-eye accuracy from the free-throw line, his keen basketball sense, his leadership both on and off the court and his total devotion to the game of basketball led him to become, arguably, the greatest player in St. John's history.
In his rookie season, he was named the MVP of both the Lapchick Tournament and ECAC Holiday Festival. He was second team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Rookie. Named the Metropolitan Sports Writers Rookie of the Year, Mullin averaged 16.6 points per game and became the school's top freshman scorer with 498 points.
There was no sophomore jinx for Mullin his second year. He led the team with a 19.1 scoring average and became only the third St. John's player to score 1,000 points in his first two seasons. He swept all of the major BIG EAST awards that year as he was named Player of the Year, MVP of the Tournament and first team all-conference. He was also named a third team All-American by UPI. He won the Haggerty Award that season, which is symbolic of being collegiate basketball's MVP for the metropolitan area.
In his junior year, he earned a place on just about every All-America team, averaging a team-high 22.9 points per game. He led the BIG EAST in scoring with a 24.9 mark and was named Co-Conference Player of the Year. He became the conference's all-time leading scorer and was named first team all-conference. That summer he was a key member of the gold medal winning Olympic team.
Besides leading St. John's to the Final Four his senior year and a No. 1 ranking by both the UPI and AP polls for several weeks, Mullin was the recipient of the John R. Wooden Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate basketball player. Mullin was a consensus first team All-American, was named UPI's Player of the Year and District II Player of the Year.
He surpassed Bob Zawoluk as the school's all-time leading scorer and became the first St. John's player to total 2,000 points in a career. Mullin was not just a scoring machine; in his four years at St. John's he also broke the record for steals, field goals made, free throws and free throw percentage. He also ranks among the top five in assists.
Chris Mullin's Career Statistics
Billy Paultz made a tremendous impact in his two seasons with St. John's. The 6-10 center from River Edge, N.J., had a career double-double average of 12.0 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. In his first season at St. John's after transferring from Cameron College, Paultz scored 225 points, grabbed 185 rebounds and helped St. John's to a 23-6 record and a NCAA East Regional appearance. That year St. John's beat second-ranked Davidson on a last second shot by Paultz in overtime. At the time Paultz was quoted as saying, "I had to make it or Coach [Lou Carnesecca] would have killed me."
The following year he had an even greater impact as he led St. John's to a second-place finish in the NIT. Paultz finished with a 15.8 scoring average and a 13.4 rebounds per game average. His 389 rebounds that year still ranks on the school's top 10 list and his 574 career rebounds places him 31st all-time. "The Whopper," as he was known because of his size and ample appetite, could have also referred to the size of his professional career, which spanned an incredible 15 seasons in both the ABA and NBA.
Paultz was drafted in 1970 by San Diego. In his prime with the ABA's New York Nets (under Carnesecca) and NBA's San Antonio Spurs, he was a consistent double-figure scorer and proficient rebounder. Paultz was inducted into the St. John's Hall of Fame in 1997.
Billy Paultz's Career Statistics
David Russell ranks seventh on the St. John's all-time scoring list with 1,753 points for his career and is eighth on the all-time rebounding list with 832 boards. Russell began his illustrious career in the 1979-80 season, when he was named the BIG EAST Conference's first Rookie of the Year. He averaged 10.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds in his first year, which earned him the Metropolitan Sports Writer Rookie of the Year and the Widmer Eastern Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the Eastern Basketball Magazine's All-Freshman Squad.
Russell led the team in scoring his sophomore season with an average of 14.8 ppg. He was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press that season along with being selected first team All-Met. He was named first team All-BIG EAST and All-Met his junior season and he again led the team in scoring with a 17.4 average. He was an AP honorable mention All-American as well as a member of the USBWA All-District II Team. He concluded his collegiate career in 1982-83, finishing second on the team in scoring with 15.4 ppg and leading the team in rebounding with a 7.4 average. He was also named second team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Met.
David Russell's Career Statistics
Ron Rutledge owned a stellar playing career before becoming a long-time assistant under head coach Lou Carnesecca, in addition to Brian Mahoney and Fran Fraschilla. His tenure lasted 20 seasons on the Red Storm bench before retiring to pursue a career in administration at St. John's, working in the Alumni Relations Office. Rutledge was inducted into the St. John's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, and is currently working in the Athletic Development Office at the University
A St. John's two-star athlete who was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, Satalino was enshrined for both basketball and baseball. He played from 1952-55 and was a key contributor for head coach Alfred "Dusty" DeStefano's squads. Satalino's best season was the 1953-54 campaign, when he averaged 13.2 points in 20 games for the Redmen.
Bill Schaeffer scored 1,484 career points, a total that still ranks 12th on the St. John's all-time scoring list. He also added 622 career boards, placing him 27th on the all-time rebounding list, and hit at .560 percent from the floor for his career, good enough for fourth all-time.
Schaeffer began his career in 1970, when he averaged 14.4 points a game. In his junior season, Schaeffer averaged 17.1 points per game and posted a field goal percentage of .581, a St. John's record at the time. Schaeffer's excellence on the court as a senior earned him several All-America accolades, the most notable being a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press and United Press International. He also was the MVP of the 1972 ECAC Holiday Festival.
As a senior in 1972-73, Schaeffer scored 643 points in 26 games for a 24.7 per game average, a school record that still stands today. His field goal accuracy of .594 that season broke his own record of .581. This mark currently stands sixth on the all-time list, ranking him among the NCAA statistical leaders that season and earning him the Haggerty Award, given to the MVP of collegiate basketball in the Metropolitan area. Schaeffer's contributions to the 19-7 season were also felt in some team records set by St. John's, among them the highest team scoring average of 86.2 and the highest field goal average of 35.8 per game.
Bill Schaeffer's Career Statistics
|1970-71||25||143-294||.486|| 75-115||.652||158|| 6.3||361||14.4|
No. 21 Malik Sealy|
Malik Sealy is one of only two players in St. John's history to score more than 2,000 points for his career. His 2,402 career points places him second, only behind Chris Mullin, on the school's all-time scoring chart.
In his freshman season, he finished second on the team with a 12.9 points per game average and 197 rebounds, and also totaled 36 steals, 21 blocks and 67 assists, helping the team to a record fifth NIT title. He was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman team and was voted Rookie of the Year in the New York Area by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. In his sophomore season, Sealy became only the fifth player in St. John's history to reach 1,000 points in just two seasons. He averaged 18.1 points a game, scoring 616 for the year, the ninth-highest total in school history. He was named second team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Met that season.
As a junior, Sealy emerged as one of the top players in the nation. He averaged 22.1 points per game, which helped lead his team to an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA Tournament. Along with being named first team All-BIG EAST, Sealy was honored with the Haggerty Award, which is given to the MVP of collegiate basketball in the metropolitan area. His 707 points that season is the third-highest ever in St. John's history. He was named MVP of the Lapchick Tournament that year after a 43-point performance against Central Connecticut State in the championship game. That marked the highest point total by a player in Alumni Hall history, a record that still stands today.
In his final season, Sealy was a consensus second team All-American, averaging 22.6 points per game. He was named the MVP of both the Lapchick Tournament and ECAC Holiday Festival, as well as being named first team All-BIG EAST.
Sealy scored in double figures in 102 consecutive games, breaking Chris Mullin's record of 100 straight games. Sealy holds many records for St. John's, including most career field goals (900) and most career steals (238).
Malik Sealy's Career Statistics
One of the great guards in St. John's history, Alan Seiden is still 18th on St. John's all-time career scoring chart and is listed among program leaders in all free throw categories. He averaged double-figures every season of his career, including as a sophomore in 1957, when the sophomore was the team's second leading scorer with 273 points and a 11.9 points per game average.
As a junior in 1958, Seiden was named a Helms Foundation second team All-American. St. John's earned an appearance in the Postseason NIT and finished fourth, where Seiden performed exceptionally, averaging 21.0 points per game in the tournament. During the season, Seiden was the leading scorer for St. John's with 531 points (20.4 points per game) and 95 rebounds.
In 1959, Seiden repeated as team captain and had one of the greatest individual seasons in school history. Named a Helms and NEA first team All-American, and a Converse and Sporting News second team All-American, Seiden led the team in scoring for the second consecutive season with 570 points. He added 102 rebounds as well, and scored a career-high 38 points in a mid-season game against Loyola (Illinois). That year, Seiden led St. John's to a 17-7 record and a No. 17 (UPI) ranking. In the NIT, the unseeded Redmen defeated Villanova, St. Bonaventure and Providence to reach the tournament final. In the championship game, Seiden scored a game-high 22 points and St. John's downed Bradley, 76-71, in overtime.
Seiden's Career Statistics
The first African-American player to wear a St. John's uniform, Solly Walker came to St. John's from Boys High School in Brooklyn and played in 78 games, scoring 573 points (6.8 average) and grabbing 496 rebounds (6.8 average). He led the freshman team in 1950-51 to a 17-2 record by averaging 15.1 points per game.
Walker's first year on the varsity squad was exciting, as the team advanced to the NCAA final, falling to Kansas. Walker played in 30 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. In 1952-53, he helped St. John's advance to the NIT final by averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. In 1953-54, Walker enjoyed his finest season. He led the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg.) and rebounding (12.2).
Solly Walker's Career Statistics
John Warren's play in the late 1960s coined the term "swingman," as he played both inside and outside for head coach Lou Carnesecca. In addition, he always drew the toughest defensive assignment. Warren was perhaps St. John's most complete player, scoring 1,306 points in a career that spanned 84 games with 65 St. John's victories for a .774 percentage. At Georgetown one night, he was fouled as the buzzer sounded and calmly dropped home two free throws to send the game into overtime where he put a lid on the opposition's star and St. John's shut them out in overtime. Drafted by the Knicks, he played on the fabled 1969-70 team of Bill Bradley and Willis Reed, and spent seven years with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
John Warren's Career Statistics
The story of Bill Wennington is one of great patience, hard work and burning desire to succeed. He has reached the pinnacle of athletic competition by winning three NBA championship rings as a member of the Chicago Bulls and a trip to the NCAA Men's Final Four as a member of the 31-4 St. John's Redmen in 1985. The Montreal, Quebec, native, came to St. John's from Lutheran High School in Long Island. A McDonald's All-American, Wennington averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds a game and led Lutheran to two New York State championship titles. An impressive 124 games later in a St. John's uniform, Wennington ranks among the school bests in many categories. He is second all-time with a career .579 shooting percentage. His 1,021 career points rank him 43rd on the St. John's all-time scoring chart and his 644 career rebounds is listed at 26th.
He is among just 26 St. John's players to have scored 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in the school's 97 year basketball history. A prolific shot blocker, Wennington had 151 career swats which is third best in school history and makes him one of six players all-time with more than 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 100 career blocks. As a senior, he was named a second team All-BIG EAST selection. That year he was also selected as a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers All-District II team, a Sporting News honorable mention All-American, a Basketball Weekly All-East selection and a first team All-Metro selection. Wennington was also a member of the Canadian National Team, and was chosen 16th overall in the first round of the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks in 1985.
Bill Wennington's Career Statistics
James White was a quiet contributor on the floor and outstanding athlete in the 1940s. Playing in the early years for Joe Lapchick, White set the standard as a "go-to-guy" when scoring was at a premium. He averaged 9.4 points per game in his three varsity seasons. In 1939-40, White averaged 8.7 points to lead the team to a 15-5 mark. The following campaign he improved to 10.2 points, and in 1941-42 poured in 200 points for a 9.5 average. After basketball, White became a successful businessman, serving as Vice President for NBC Television for several years.
Glen Williams ranks eighth on all-time scoring list with 1,727 career points, starring for St. John's from 1974-77. As a freshman he stepped into a starting role for coach Lou Carnesecca and finished with an impressive 10.3 ppg scoring average. As a sophomore, the 6-5 guard averaged 11.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg. In his junior year, Williams entered the ranks of St. John's finest, reaching the 1000-point plateau. That year the Redmen reached a national ranking of No. 18, with Williams leading the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He was also second on the team in assists with 79.
Williams' greatest year was undoubtedly the 1976-77 season when, as captain of the Redmen, he scored 665 points, surpassing Bob Zawoluk's 26-year-old record for points in a season. The Virgin Islands native had a 21.5 ppg average and also handed out more than 100 assists for the year. His magical MVP performance at the Joe Lapchick Tournament saw him score 37 points against Fairfield in the championship game, just one point shy of a then-Alumni Hall record. Throughout his four years, Williams maintained a sharpshooters touch, never shooting less than .500 from the field. Carnesecca often referred to him as "the complete player," handing him the toughest defensive assignments to add to his huge offensive role.
Williams is currently fourth all-time in career field goals made with 712, and fifth in single-season field goals made with 256 in 1976-77. Following graduation, Williams was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 27th overall pick, and then played professionally in the Eastern League and the Western Association.
Glen Williams' Career Statistics
One of the premier forwards in the NBA for 10 seasons, Jayson Williams retired in 2000 after a bout with nagging injuries. He was a NBA All-Star and one of the league's top rebounders during his tenure with the New Jersey Nets.
Williams was a standout performer at St. John's, playing three seasons under Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca from 1987-90. During that time his teams boasted a winning record of 61-35, made two trips to the NCAA Tournament and won the 1989 NIT Championship, where he was selected Most Valuable Player.
His best year was the 1988-89 campaign, when he averaged 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in 31 games. Williams was amazing from the floor that season, hitting on 236-of-412 shots for a .573 field goal percentage and knocked down 70.2 percent of his free throws (134-of-191) that same season.
The 1989 season also saw Williams named to the all-tournament teams for the Lapchick and ECAC Holiday Festival Tournaments. At the end of the season he received All-BIG EAST second team honors.
His senior year was cut short by injury but not before Williams ended his St. John's career by posting 1,072 points, 490 rebounds and shot .550 from the field, which still ranks him among the top 10 in St. John's history.
Jayson Williams' Career Statistics
Bob Zawoluk was the first St. John's player to average 20 or more points in a season. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,826 career points. He still holds St. John's records for most free throws made in a season (208), most points in a game (65) and most field goals in a game (25).
Zawoluk played from 1949-52, leading St. John's to a 75-15 record. He keyed the team in his first season with a 20.3 scoring average and he was named a Helms Athletic Foundation third team All-American. He led the team again the following year with a 21.1 points per game average and took his team to a third place NIT finish and third place regional finish in the NCAA Tournament. He was named a first team All-American by the Helms Foundation that year. In his senior year, Zawoluk led the team to its first ever NCAA championship game, averaging 18.9 points per game. He was a second team consensus All-American.
Bob Zawoluk's Career Statistics