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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, […]

Mac Kinsbrunner

Mac Kinsbrunner (College and pro basketball.  Born, Vienna, Austria, Mar. 21, 1909; died, Kiamesha Lake, NY, Feb. 16. 1972.)  A 5’9½” guard with the St. John’s team known as the “Wonder Five,” Mac Kinsbrunner moved with his teammates into pro ball.  Along with Rip Gerson, Matt Begovich (q.v.), Allie Shuckman, and Max Posnak, Kinsbrunner helped […]

Ed Kelleher

Ed Kelleher (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, June 29, 1894; died, Munich, Germany, July 19, 1945.)  A very popular and highly successful coach, Edward Ambrose Kelleher turned out well-regarded teams at Fordham and West Point.  Kelleher began his varsity coaching career at St. John’s (1921-22), where his only team was 9-5.  At Fordham, he […]

Kevin Loughery

Kevin Loughery (Pro basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, March 28, 1940.) Playing two years at St. John’s (1960-62) as a transfer from Boston College, Kevin Loughery had an 11-year career (principally with the Baltimore Bullets) in the N.B.A. He averaged 15.3 points per game as a guard in 755 N.B.A. games but earned his greatest notice […]

Felipe Lopez

Felipe Lopez (College basketball. Born, Santo Domingo, D.R., Dec. 19, 1974.) Coming out of Rice H.S., Luis Felipe Lopez created great excitement in New York’s growing Dominican community by electing to go to St. John’s. There were those who felt that Lopez never lived up to his promise with the Red Storm, yet he finished […]

Tony Jackson

Tony Jackson (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 24, 1940; died, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 28, 2005.)  An electrifying jump shooter, Tony B. Jackson lost a chance at an N.B.A. career when he was tainted by the 1961 college basketball point shaving scandals for failing to report a bribe offer.  Instead, he became an All-Star in […]

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson (College and pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 1, 1965.)  A standout at St. John’s, Mark Jackson was a No. 1 Knicks draft choice in 1987 who had five productive years with the team at the start of what turned out to be a 17-year N.B.A. career.  Jackson was a regular as a sophomore […]

Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin (College basketball. Born, New York, NY, Aug. 30, 1963.) Few college basketball players have ever generated as much excitement among New York fans or won as many honors as Chris Mullin did with the St. John’s Redmen from 1981 to 1985. During that span, the Redmen won a Big East championship and made […]

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 […]

Jack McMahon

Jack McMahon (College basketball. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 3, 1928; died, Chicago, IL, June 11, 1989.) Captain of the first St. John’s team to reach the final of the N.C.A.A. tournament, John Joseph McMahon moved on to a long career as a pro player and coach. A high-scoring guard, McMahon played for St. John’s teams, […]

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