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Jayson Williams

Jayson Williams (College and pro basketball.  Born, Ritter, SC, February 22, 1968.)  A standout center at St. John’s and later ranked as one of the top rebounders in the N.B.A., Jayson Williams, one of the sport’s most voluble and quotable players, offering humorous and sometimes insightful comments on a wide range of topics.  (Example:  on his college coach, […]

Sherman White

Sherman White (College basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 16, 1928; died, Piscataway, N.J., Aug. 4, 2011.)  One of the most gifted of the young players in college basketball following World War II, Sherman White, who grew up in Englewood, N.J., began a promising career at Long Island U. in Brooklyn.  As a sophomore, he was […]

Nick Werkman

Nick Werkman (College Basketball.  Born, Trenton, NJ, July 17, 1942.)  A solid 6’3”, Nick (the Quick) Werkman exploded onto Seton Hall’s and college basketball’s scene as a sophomore in 1961-62 with a 33.0 average, the eighth-highest in collegiate records.  Werkman was especially welcome to Eastern fans since the sport was unwillingly wallowing in the revelations […]

Gary Waters

Gary Waters (College basketball.  Born, Detroit, MI, Aug. 15, 1951.)  Named 15th head coach of Rutgers basketball Apr. 6, 2001, Gary Steven Walters led the Scarlet Knights to the N.I.T. three times in his five seasons as head coach.  In his first season in Piscataway, the team went 18-13, and in his third (2003-04), the school reached its […]

Bobby Wanzer

Bobby Wanzer (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 4, 1921.)  A New York high school basketball star, Robert Francis Wanzer became a standout guard at Seton Hall and later with Rochester in the N.B.A.  Wanzer starred for Bill Spiegel at Benjamin Franklin on teams that were unbeaten P.S.A.L. champions.  A World War II hitch in […]

Butch van Breda Kolff

Butch van Breda Kolff (College basketball.  Born, Montclair, NJ, Oct. 22, 1922; died, Spokane, WA, Aug. 22, 2007.)  A Princeton basketball captain and member of the Knicks, Butch van Breda Kolff became a legend in the ranks of basketball coaching with a career that began in 1951 and extended to 1994.  He coached at four colleges, two […]

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor (College and pro basketball.  Born, Perth Amboy, NJ, June 9, 1951.)  A talented 6’3” backcourt star, Brian Taylor scored over 1,200 points in two seasons at Princeton and then helped the New York Nets win two A.B.A. championships.  Taylor averaged 23.5 points per game for the Tigers in 1970-71 as a sophomore and […]

Sid Tanenbaum

Sid Tanenbaum (College Basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 8, 1925; died, Far Rockaway, NY, Sept. 4, 1986.)  Even though not all of his games were against what would later be classified as collegiate opposition, Sidney Tanenbaum was the first player to score 1,000 points in his N.Y.U. basketball career (1,074).  As a sophomore, in 1944-45, […]

C. Vivian Stringer

C. Vivian Stringer  (College basketball.  Born, Edenborn, PA, Mar. 16, 1948.)  When Charlene Vivian Stringer coached Rutgers’ 2000 women’s basketball team to the Final Four, she became the first coach to lead three different schools into the women’s Final Four.  (The Lady Knights lost their semifinal game to Tennessee, 64-54).  Stringer had previously coached both Cheney (Penna.) and Iowa (1993) to […]

Johnny Stevens

Johnny Stevens (Baseball, college basketball.  Born, Duquesne, PA, May 12, 1913; died, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 9, 1981.)  An American League baseball umpire (1948-69), John William Stevens was probably better known to New York area fans as a major college basketball official who often paired with the legendary John Nucatola (the two worked the 1957 N.I.T. final […]

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