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Frank McGuire

Frank McGuire (College basketball. Born, New York, NY, Nov. 8, 1914; died, West Columbia, SC, Oct. 11, 1994.) Few of the famous names in college basketball coaching have ever approached the record of Frank McGuire. He was a standout player at St. John’s who later returned to coach the Redmen for five seasons. McGuire was […]

Dick McGuire

Dick McGuire (Pro basketball. Born, Huntington, NY, Jan. 25, 1926; died, Huntington, NY, Feb. 3, 2010.) One of the finest playmakers in the history of pro basketball, Dick McGuire made New York basketball fans conscious of the assist. After completing his collegiate career at St. John’s, McGuire was drafted in the first round of the […]

Joe Lapchick

Joe Lapchick (College and pro basketball. Born, Yonkers, NY, Apr. 12, 1900; died, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1970.) Joseph Bonhomiel Lapchick had two distinct careers in professional basketball, and another in college basketball, and any one of them would have been sufficient to make him one of the sport’s most significant contributors. Although he […]

Bob Zawoluk

Bob Zawoluk (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 13, 1930; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 9, 2007.)  In the first 80 years of basketball at St. John’s, only one team reached the N.C.A.A. national championship game and Robert Zawoluk was the scoring leader of that 1952 squad.  At 6’7”, Zawoluk made an immediate impact on […]

Max Zaslofsky

Max Zaslofsky (Pro basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1925; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Oct. 15, 1985.)  Known as “Max the Touch” for his uncanny accuracy with a two-hand set shot, Max Zaslofsky led the B.A.A. in scoring, played three years with the Knicks, and was the first coach of the Nets.  Zaslofsky’s career […]

Hy Gotkin

Hy Gotkin (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 16, 1922; died, Boca Raton, FL, Apr. 11, 2004.)  A two-time St. John’s basketball captain, at 5’8” Hymen Gotkin helped Redmen teams win back-to-back N.I.T. titles in 1943 and 1944.  Gotkin starred at Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson H.S. with 6’9” Harry Boykoff and both went to St. John’s to play […]

Buck Freeman

Buck Freeman (College Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 1902; died, Columbia, SC, Feb. 15, 1974.)  James Ambrose Freeman was a standout player at St. John’s in the 1920’s who became the coach of one of the most famous teams in school history, the “Wonder Five” that compiled a superb record in the 1930s […]

Fran Fraschilla

Fran Fraschilla (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 30, 1958.)  A Brooklyn College player, Francis John Fraschilla became the head coach at both Manhattan and St. John’s.  Fraschilla led the Jaspers to an 85-35 record in four seasons (1992-96) and, on Apr. 8, 1996, was named to succeed Brian Mahoney at St. John’s.  What followed […]

Reggie Carter

Reggie Carter (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 6, 1957; died, Mineola, NY, Dec. 24, 1999.)  After a stellar career at Long Island Lutheran H.S., Reginald Carter matriculated at the University of Hawaii but, following a season in which he averaged 16.6 points per game, brought his skills to St. John’s.  In three seasons […]

Lou Carnesecca

Lou Carnesecca (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 5, 1925.)  “Louie” became indelibly identified with St. John’s basketball over the better part of 30 years as his mentor, Joe Lapchick, was before him.  Like Lapchick, Carnesecca also took a break between two terms as coach of the Redmen to handle a New York pro basketball […]

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