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Speedy Claxton

(College basketball.  Born, Hempstead, NY, May 8, 1978.)  After dominating opponents at Christ the King H.S. in Middle Village, NY, Craig “Speedy” Claxton continued his career close to home by playing college basketball at Hofstra.  With the Flying Dutchmen, Claxton, only 5’11”, was a two-time America East Conference Player of the Year.  In his senior […]

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, […]

Barry Kramer

Barry Kramer (College basketball. Born, Schenectady, NY, Nov. 10, 1942.) Barry Kramer was second in the nation in scoring (29.3 points per game) and the first N.Y.U. player ever selected as a first-team All-American in basketball by the A.P. (1963). He also won the Haggerty Award as the Met area’s best player that year. His […]

Charley Jones

Charley Jones (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 17, 1975.)  Since 1948, when official records began, only eight men have led the nation’s major college players in scoring in successive years.  One of them is Charles Rahmel Jones of L.I.U., the national collegiate scoring leader in 1996-97 and 1997-98.  Jones came out of Brooklyn’s Bishop […]

Fuzzy Levane

Fuzzy Levane (College and pro basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 11, 1920.) After serving as an assistant to Vince Boryla for two seasons, Andrew Levane succeeded Boryla as Knicks head coach Apr. 8, 1958. Levane was replaced by Carl Braun Dec. 18, 1959, having compiled a 48-51 record (plus 0-2 in the playoffs), when the […]

Jim McMillian

Jim McMillian (College and pro basketball. Born, Raeford, NC, Mar. 11, 1948.) For over three decades, no player had won the Haggerty Award as the best college player in the New York area until Columbia’s James M. McMillian swept the honor from 1968 to 1970. McMillian led the Lions to 63 victories in 77 games […]

John Azary

John Azary (College basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Oct. 14, 1929; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 15, 1981.)  The son of Hungarian immigrants who became naturalized U.S. citizens, John D. Azary became the first Columbia player to score over 1,000 points in a three-year varsity career.  Azary was a strong 6’3”, 200 pounds who played forward […]

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