In honor of the Nets moving to Brooklyn, I give you my top five greatest basketball players of all-time from Brooklyn. Keep in mind, it’s the entire body of work.


1-Billy Cunningham: Erasmus Hall – “The Kangaroo Kid” scored 21 PPG and pulled down 10 RPG over an 11 year career. Billy C. could drive the ball to the rim and also pull up for the mid-range. In 1970, Cunningham had 3 straight triple doubles.  Came off the bench for one of the greatest teams ever, 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers. 5-time all-star. Knee problems cut his career short in 1976; he was 32.

2-Lenny Wilkins: Boys High – Played just one season at Boys; his senior year.  The left-handed point guard played 15 years in the league.  9-time NBA all-star. Considered to have one of the highest basketball I.Q.’s in the game.  Wilkins dished out 6 assists per game. Scored 16 PPG. Wilkins could score and share the ball. Was like a coach on the floor. Matter of fact, he was a player-coach in Portland.

3-Connie Hawkins: Boys High – “The Hawk”. I read a great book about him titled, “Foul.” Must read by David Wolf.  Hawkins scored 18 PPG over 9 years in the ABA and NBA.  5-time all-star.  Attended the University of Iowa but never played a game for the Hawkeyes due to his alleged connection with point shaving.  Hawkins was never found guilty of any charge.

4-Chris Mullin: Xaverian – The smooth-stroking, 6’6″ left-hander with the feathery touch scored 18 PPG over 16 years. 5-time all-star.  Mullin pulled down 4 rebounds per game and dished out 3 assists during his career. All-time leading scorer at St. John’s University.  Great teammate, excellent passer and always played hard. Member of the original Dream Team.  Played his grammar school ball at STA.  Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Now announcing games for ESPN.

5-Bernard King: Ft. Hamilton – One of the toughest offensive players in the low post I have ever seen. Not to mention he was like an express train on the fastbreak. BK scored 22 PPG over 14 years. 4-time NBA all-star.  Take away his knee injury, his numbers are a lot higher. Dropped 60 on the Nets on Christmas Day in 1984 but lost the game. Can’t forget his back-to-back  50 point nights in ’84 vs the Spurs and Mavericks. The Hall of Fame is making a major omission by not having him in Springfield. (Update: On September 8, 2013 BK was inducted into the HOF)

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121 Responses to THE BROOKLYN FIVE

  1. Drew keeling says:

    This is a good a list but I guess you based it off there pro career. Guys like Fly Williams and Pearl Washington should be on here.

    • hoopscoach says:

      Based on overall body of work…

      Pro career is important.

      Pearl was a great HS and college player.

      Fly, well what can you say. Outstanding 2 years at Austin Peay

    • Norman Smitherman says:

      Probably the best player in B’klyn was Charley Donovan out of Erasmus Hall High.
      He had a drug problem so he never went to College.

  2. jimmy vac says:

    Great list.. Hawk would have ben number one and Brown would have been higher if not for being falsely accussed… Supposedly, Jack Molinas cleared Hawkins ….

    • hoopscoach says:

      Jimmy, I agree. Doug Moe and Tony Jackson were involved too; All Moe did was meet with them, and say “no” – but he took money for a flight back home.

      Tony Jackson was banned from the NBA.

      I am going back to read “Foul” once again.

  3. Dan Leary says:

    Red, Jimmy O’Brien went to St Francis Prep and had some career at Boston College. Played 7 seasons in the ABA. Still has some assist records at BC. Another Honorable Mention would be George Bruns. One of the quickest guys around.

  4. Glenn Thomas says:

    Great list! Sebastian Telfair is still young enough to improve and in the future at least make the Honorable Mention List and perhaps more.

  5. hchoops says:

    nice work, but without tony jackson and pearl washington, it has huge omissions

    • hoopscoach says:

      HC Hoops,

      As good as Tony Jackson was, he only played 138 games in the ABA and was banned from the NBA in 1962.

      Pearl Washington was another fine player at Boys and Syracuse but 3 seasons in the NBA didn’t get him on the list.

      It’s the body of work over the career.

      Thanks for writing.

  6. hchoops says:

    Carnesecca said jackson and mullin are the 2 best ever at sju
    not tj’s fault he was banned
    imo you are weighing the pro part too heavily

    • hoopscoach says:

      HC Hoops,

      I’m weighing their pro career too heavily?

      What does the Basketball Hall of Fame do when they induct a player? Do they nominate someone for 2 or 3 good years? No, they go with their career.

      The body of work is what it’s all about.

      Great conversation though.

      Let’s see your list.

  7. hchoops says:

    that’s tony jackson

  8. Maureen Rice (Flanagan) says:

    Thank you for YOUR list- I know you put a lot of work into it- I am not really a BBall fan, but I love seeing people write about their passions- and if I am making a list of, say, my top ten movies filmed in Brooklyn, it is my list- and I can omit or add anyone I want to it 🙂

    • hoopscoach says:

      Thanks Maureen, yes I did put a lot of work into it and you’re right! It’s my list. LOL

      Have a good weekend.

  9. BL says:

    Lloyd Daniels amazingly was able to rebound from that crack buying incident at UNLV to a decent 5 year NBA run.

    • hoopscoach says:

      B you are right about Daniels over coming his problems. But check his stats; 200 total games, 17 minutes per game. First 2 years with Spurs, 77 games and 66 games. After that, all downhill.

  10. Danno says:

    Bernard King does belong in the Hall for his game but I think the Hall is afraid of his baggage. Not so much for the cocaine and DWI busts as for that forcible sexual abuse charge way back at Utah which he was able to plead down to ATTEMPTED forcible sexual abuse. It would land him on a sex offenders list if it happened today. He was also charged less than 10 years ago for beating his wife, who had him arrested but then dropped the charges. The ladies might picket!

  11. hchoops says:

    ok, Hoopscoach–here goes–but only players i’ve seen
    1-Hawkins 2-Cunningham 3-R. Brown 4-L Wilkins 5-T. Jackson 6-C. Mullin 7-B. King 8-S. Marbury 9-M Jackson 10-L.Free 11-J.McMillian 12-H.Hairston 13-T.Stith 14-D.Washington 15-E.Conlin 16-V.Johnson 20-R Blackman 21-G Huston 22-A King 23-J O’Brien 24-R Blackman 25T-S Green 25T-J Salley 25T-G Trapp

  12. David Cullen says:

    Putting Billy “the Kangaroo Kid” Cunningham high on the list was an exellent decision. Meets all the requirements. Solid pro career, in both NBA and ABA. A lot of people don’t know this but Cunningham was having knee problems when he was in his early 20s. After Philly won the NBA title in 1967, Philly returned to the NBA Eastern Finals in 1968. That year, they lost to Boston in 7 games. While many people wanted to focus on how Chamberlain “choked” again, according to Matt Guokas, former player and coach, Cunningham sat out most of that playoff series with injuries. The young (at the time) Cunningham took so much pressure off the other 76ers that when he was out Philly didn’t get a chance to repeat. Sometimes, the value of a player isn’t realized until they’re not around anymore.

    Wilkens a good choice, also. Between 1969 and 1972, Wilkens served as player-coach for Seattle, which was a 1968 expansion team. As full-time coach, he helped lead them to Seattle’s only title victory over Washington in 1979. That Basketball IQ you mentioned doesn’t get enough some times.

    • hoopscoach says:

      Dave, more on Billy C.

      Remember the Sixers went 9-73 in 72-73?

      Well a big reason for the awful record? The courts ruled that Cunningham leave the Sixers and go back to Carolina in the ABA. So he wasn’t on that team.

      The year before that poor season, In 71-72, the Sixers won 30 games with Cunningham as their leading scorer.

  13. hchoops says:

    one of billy c’s nick-names–billy leapingham
    do you know the unique thing about his graduation ?
    my bad on blackman–i have him twice
    he should be only #20- and m dunleavy is #24
    i did not see much of blackman until the end of his pro career

  14. hchoops says:

    did you like my final name ?

  15. Glenn Thomas says:

    Every player listed whether in the top 25 or honorable mention was a great player in their own right. As I’ve stated earlier I agree with your Top 5 but
    that order to me is not important. My only disagreement is how anyone could have Mullin not in the top 5. Chris Mullin’s body of work is just as impressive if not the most impressive of the bunch. He won the CHSAA city title on both the Frosh and JV levels at Power Memorial. After transferring to Xaverian and sitting out his junior year, in his senior he won a New York State championship by defeating a very talented Alexander Hamilton HS team led by Jerry Reynolds, Carey Scurry, Beetle Washington, Anthony Cosell Brown, and Andre Ervin. At Saint John’s he won the Naismith Award which is the equivalent to winning the Heismann in college football. He averaged 24-25 points per game in the NBA for 4-5 seasons straight with Golden State and won 2 Olympic Gold Medals with Team USA. He was recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was an All Star numerous times. Pretty impressive!

    • hoopscoach says:


      I agree on Mullin’s accomplishments; and to me, that is the deciding factor when comparing player for this list.

      To me, greatness and success is all about the body of work. Not just what you did in HS. Or a year or two in college. Your progress along the way is key in your overall success.

      We could have a list of guys that were great in HS but fizzled out in college. Maybe they had a couple of goods years in college (that makes for an entire different list)

      Shoot, we can even post an all-time CYO team if we want.

      But I chose to reward guys on career achievements; guys like Mike Dunleavy and Geoff Huston.

    • Dan Leary says:

      Glenn, Red, Based on body of work, Armond Hill who received honorable mention won city championship in high school, had great career at Princeton, won an Olympic medal and was an NBA All Star 4 or 5 times. Thats a pretty good resume.

      • hoopscoach says:


        I understand the “Falcon blood” runs deep and thick but you are way off on your Armond material.

        Never was an NBA all-star.

        At Princeton scored 13 PPG in 4 year career.

        In the NBA scored 6 PPG and handed out 4.7 assists per game over his career.

        Best year in the NBA was 10 PPG and 5 assists per game.

        Solid player, no doubt.

        As for USA Olympic team, he never was on a team.

  16. Glenn Thomas says:

    I also forgot to mention that in high school Mullin was a Parade HS All All American and while in college he was a first team All American while at Saint John’s.

  17. hchoops says:

    mully might have stayed at power if his jv coach steve donohue had been named as varsity coach earlier
    xaverian was the beneficiary
    he would have been only #2 in power lore

  18. Mr. Guest says:

    Regarding Mark Jackson, he was not only behind Pearl and Kenny Smith, but also Kenny Hutchison (Benjamin Franklin and Arkansas) and Ed Davender ( boys and Kentucky) He had the best career by far Also for either 3-4 years in a row when Mullin was with TMJ, there was only one player in the NBA who had more PPG, Rebs and assists than him – MJ. Both Jackson and Mullin got the most out of their talent. And always had a special place for Lenny Wilkins, raised by his widowed Irish mother

    • hoopscoach says:

      Mr. Guest,

      Great post on this Sunday morning.

      You hit the nail on the head.

      I also think that Billy Donovan might have been in that class?

      Also, a shooting guard they called “radar” out of Springfield Gardens (played with Anthony Mason) was a the best shooter in the city.

      To conclude, a year or two later, a kid by the name of Rod Strickland took over the reigns in the city.

  19. jimmy vac says:

    One line about Mullin being such a gym rat … While at Golden State, he was the whitest white guy because he spent so little time in the sun…
    Isiah Thomas may have been a great player but I could not believe how shabbily he treated Wilkens when he fired him. Coaches are hired to be
    fired but there is the right way to do things…

    • hoopscoach says:


      On Chris Mullin topic (white, west coast, gym rat, etc).

      Someone once asked Kiki Vandeweghe why his skin was so white/pale, living on West coast.

      “The sun doesn’t shine in the gym.” He said.

  20. Glenn Thomas says:

    People talk about how Lenny Wilkens was treated poorly by Isaiah Thomas but Thomas and the Knicks’ also treated Don Chaney just as bad.

  21. hchoops says:

    billy d was indeed the same class as mark j et al–’83

  22. jimmy vac says:

    Find them both inexcusable. Chaney and Wilkins always represented the game at the highest level and Isiah handled both firings badly. Lost alot of respect for Isaih as a man. He may have been justified in letting them go but it was the way that it was done that was classless.
    Steven, Kiki was a great shooter with great range…

    • hoopscoach says:

      Kiki was a great teammate and hard worker. He had a great shot fake, where he’d get his defender up in the air and drive the ball to the basket. He was great on the baseline.

  23. Don C says:

    Thanks for the mention of Armand Hill. The only star to come out of Bishop Ford in any sport

  24. clarence h says:


  25. David Wright says:

    Great list. Learned a lot too. I was thinking of a lot of players i remember from brooklyn. But sometimes I think we fall in love with how good they were in high school or how good they were when we saw them. Its not just about who was good. The list will never end. Brooklyn playgrounds produced many great talents. Its about being good and continuing to be good for a long period of time. That is the difference. When you look at the whole body of work, that trims down the list of Brooklyn greats…

    • hoopscoach says:

      Well said David…

      That’s what the list was all about.

      Not schoolyard legends that scored 75 points in a summer league game; like you mentioned, it was based on the body of work over the long haul.

      Thanks for taking the time to write.

  26. J burke says:

    Mark Jackson wasn’t from Brooklyn. Sam Worthen, Fly Williams, Booger Smith, Chales & Lamont Jones, Lloyd Daniels, Tony Jackson. Your list is lacking !!!

    • hoopscoach says:

      Ok thanks for your input…but Mark played at a “BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL” so that counts for something.

      Let’s see your list.

      And by the way, read the entire entry. I went on overall career.

      Booger Smith? Come on man, your knowledge is lacking. Lamont Jones?

      Sure these guys were good schoolyard players

  27. hue2 says:

    Phil Sellers? Sparky Donovan? Eddie Simmons? Mark is from St. Albans and Lloyd spent his time between Queens and BK. I’m not going to put my Dad onto this list. Anybody above Connie and Roger Brown? That’s a problem. A biiiiiiig problem-lol. Think about it. How can Billy Cunningham be number 1, when Connie is on the short list of greatest of ALL TIME. Top players should just be about talent and “Pac” (DeWayne Washington) was as big as they come. Booga too. Red Auerbach and Larry Brown should get an honorable mention.

    • hoopscoach says:

      Hue 2,

      Read the qualifications;


      Which means over their career; not snatching a quarter off a backboard.

      Mark Jackson played his HS ball in BROOKLYN!

      You mention some good guys but you are clueless about Billy Cunningham.

      Thanks for sharing.

  28. hue2 says:

    Oh yeah, no Jackie Jackson who came out to Queens and snatched a quarter off the top of the backboard. Shouldn’t Beatle Washington get a mention?

  29. Glenn Thomas says:

    Mark Jackson for the record was born in Brooklyn and at the age of 6-7 moved to Queens. Having played his HS ball in Brooklyn would certainly qualify him as a Brooklynite. As for “Beetle” Washington..he was a nice player that was a penetrator that couldn’t shoot. He had a fine career at Alexander Hamilton playing with great players such as Jerry Reynolds, Cosell Brown, Carey Scurry, and Andre Ervin with Reynolds and Scurry playing in the NBA. Beetle went on to have a nice career at The Univ. of New Orleans with fellow Brooklynite and Wingate Prep star “Big” John Harris. I would put Beetle in that second tier with the likes of Ed Davender and Ed Cota, Schoolyard legends that went on to higher levels certainly deserve attention but the overall body of work (high school, college, and pro) decide who belongs on this list. Fly Williams was a nice player but only had a cup of coffee with the Spirits of Saint Louis in the ABA. His teammate Freddie Lewis deserves ore accolades. Another maybe Kenny Charles who played for the Buffalo Braves and Brooklyn Prep.

    • hoopscoach says:

      Thanks Glenn, the operative term was ‘Body of Work’. We can’t put someone on the list who dominated high school. We looked at their NBA career too.

  30. hue2 says:

    I was raised on a steady diet of Billy Cunningham (remember when he ripped up his knee and was carried off the court by his teammates into the lockeroom) one of my ol dads prize possessions is this 1959 PSAL yearbook with Connie and Boys High on the cover. Inside they profiled Roger Brown, Billy Cunningham… With respect to Jackie Jackson was drafted in the NBA at the time when there was still a quota on the number of Black players. He did play years with the Globetrotters, and like Peewee and Pearl are one of the greatest players to play in the CIAA. So maybe if the times were different has career would have been different. But he should be on the list above Sidney Green-Lol. Sidney Green-lol what did he ever do? Do you remember him in the NBA? When you talk to people from other cities you don’t say “Sidney Green is from NY” ha-ha-ha. And if body of work is your criteria, then shouldn’t Red be up there? But we can agree to disagree (Connie HAS to be number 1-lol). That being said, I love the fact you posted the list. It gets people talking. And it is YOUR list after all 😉

  31. hoopscoach says:

    Hue 2,

    I kept my top five, took down the other 20. Thought I had done that a while ago. It was very difficult after first five.

    Thanks again for writing.

  32. Matty11209 says:

    Found this page by searching for Charlie Donovan of Erasmus. He led Erasmus to the 1961 City Championship after Cunningham graduated in January. Speaking of Erasmus, sorry to see there was no mention of George “Brother” Thompson. He led Erasmus to the 1965-66 City Championship along with Coak Cannon and Oliver Shannon. Thompson was Al McGuire’s first recruit at Marquette and was their all time scoring leader there until a few years ago. He was also an All Star in the ABA and replaced Oscar Robertson on the Milwaukee Bucks.

    • hoopscoach says:


      Thanks for writing. George was a very good player. He played one year in the NBA and scored 10 PPG. Not taking anything away from him but very hard to place him in the top five all-time from Brooklyn.

      Hope all is well.

    • Joel Lumer says:

      Dear Matty, You are 100% right on Charles “Sparky” Donovan for Erasmus. As for the 1965-66 PSAL championship, it was won by the undefeated DeWitt Clinton Governors with Mel Solomon, Michael Switzer, Luke Owens, Walter Robertson and some kid named Archibald. Maybe dating myself, but there was a kid at Boys High named Sihugo Green who was number 1 pick in the first round of the NBA draft, taken ahead of the college player of the year, and two time NCAA champion, Bill Russell, who had led his team to 56 straight wins. If they take you ahead of Russell, then by definition you’re good.

      • Red says:

        The draft…1956 to be exact. Not easy, to say the least.

        Upon further review:

        KC Jones picked 9th

        Elgin Baylor 26th

        Sam Jones 30th

        Willie Naulls 74th

    • Sam says:

      Ollie Shannon grew up on the Lower East Side & took his JHS team to city championship- Bernie Kersner lured him to Erasmus when he grew from 5’10” to 6’4″ over the summer- Ollie (rip) loved having fun while playing, not a coach’s dream- he was a great player & a nicer person.

  33. Billy Giddins says:

    Went to Erasmus, watched Roger Brown demolish Cunningham both at EHHS and Wingate gym. eat he up like a man playing a boy, many times from the inside to the outside, from 4 point line and in. . Roger had a great career with the Pacers, the ultimate team player. He was the best Brooklyn had to offer to the B ball gods after the Hawk. Connie Hawkins was a grand Harlem Globetrotter, set the standard in the short lived ABL, help put the ABA on his back and still had enough in the tank to have a few great years in the NBA.
    Billy C left the Hall in January not due to graduation but to graduate from Prep school to be eligible to play for NC. Charlie Donavan lead EHHS to the PSAL championship at MSG. in effect Billy , the kangaroo kid, who was great and I liked was actually the second best player on the team. Sparky Donovan was a legend who was allowed to wither on the vine, wrong color, wrong size wrong time. he had every move in the book and would have been commandingly figure in any league at any time.
    To dismiss George Thompson off his body of work in the NBA is unfair he was a dominant score in The ABA.
    He averaged close to 25 points a game on a team were no one passes him the ball, ok to be fair if he touched it he would not give it up.
    Doug Moe was a great high school player and was also a leading figure in the early years of the ABA.
    Perhaps no one Wilens included was as smart as LarryBrown, small, lacking great physical presence he was a great college player, but honestly not sure we’re he went to HS , in college he was a early leader of great guards who played in south from NYC and teamed up with Moe in the early years of the ABA.
    Was MacMillian from Jefferson mentioned, superior HS player, great college career at NYU and solid as a rock in NBA.
    Vaugh Harper from Boys was a great HS player did well in Syracuse,not top 25 but worth of shout out.
    Anyone remember Billy Cannon?
    Lastly many of these guys were pasted over playing in the quota days of NBA and were too exciting for that league at that time.
    Still have my GO card and remember watching for fifty cent admission in old MSG.

  34. George Farrell says:

    Great thread! I’d like to throw in one for the old timers: Rudy LaRusso. Star at James Madison HS, Dartmouth and the NBA. Ten years with the Lakers and Warriors, scored over 11500 points (15.6 ppg) and 7000 rebounds.

  35. Lenny says:

    The best high school basketball player from Brooklyn is Roger Brown.

  36. Earl C Cabbell says:

    Roger Brown and Connie Hawins are the best ever. No one close. Scandal hurt their early careers but were not guilty of any wrong doing.

  37. Jumpshot Johnson says:

    Gotta give respect to the late Tom Stith, St. Francis Prep ’57 who had an outstanding career at the Prep and St. Bonnie’s. Drafted by the Knicks in 1961 but TB derailed his career. Second NYC high-schooler to score over 2000 points in his career in 1957. Props to anyone who can name the first guy.

  38. Matty from Flatbush says:

    Every time someone comments, I get an email. Not complaining because this is an interesting piece and I asked for it. I still have the same criticism, though, as I did from the start. You should have named this Best NBA Players from Brooklyn. You are getting criticism because a lot of people think their play in high school should be included. In your list, it just matters that they played high school basketball in Brooklyn, not necessarily how good they were in high school or how long they played HS ball in Brooklyn (re Mullins and Wilkins). It would be hard for anyone to argue with your list if you named it what I said. If you gave equal weight to HS, Wilkins and Mullins would not be on the list and maybe Albert King would replace Bernard and Roger Brown would be somewhere in the top two and Pearl Washington would be there.

    • Red says:

      It’s noted in entry BODY OF WORK. That’s not too hard to understand.

      By the way, been told by a guy who follows hoops, lot of those so-called legends from the schoolyards were way overrated.

      Thanks Matty…

      • Matt Perlstein says:

        Maybe I’m not making myself clear. You are not basing your choices on ENTIRE body of work. You are basing it solely on NBA play. You are giving zero weight to how well they played in high school or even college. To you, it is irrelevant how well they played in high school, or even college. Lenny Wilkins played half a season in high school and I’m sure you don’t even know how he did in that half a season. As long as you hear that they are from Brooklyn, that’s all that matters as evidenced by your erroneous inclusion of Happy Hairston in another list as top players from Brooklyn.

      • Red says:


        Are you always this charming?

  39. I was a basketball manager at Erasmus from 1965-1968. The greatest player I saw during that time and there was many, I have not seen mentioned on this page yet. It was Charlie Davis. Charlie played at Brooklyn Tech and he was a scoring machine. He went on to play at Wake Forest and I believe he was the first black player to win the ACC Men’s basketball player of the year award.

  40. Roger kaplan says:

    Roger brown is # 1 with Hawkins # 2….nobody even close

  41. Stuart Brinin says:

    I going to base my selections on players I actually saw. I went to Erasmus Hall H.S. from 1964-66.
    George Thompson-Erasmus, Oliver Shannon-Erasmus, Jim McMillan – Thomas Jefferson, Charlie Davis-Brooklyn Tech, Eldridge Webb-Boys High

    • Red says:


      Good stuff.

      • Stuart Brinin says:

        Charlie Davis was the Steph Curry of his time. He could score anywhere on the court.
        When someone came close to guarding him, he would say “too late”, and launch this
        picture perfect jump shot…

    • Matt Perlstein says:

      Stuie, you can’t put Ollie and not put Coak Cannon. Your fellow co-manager of Erasmus.

      • Stuart Brinin says:

        Didn’t think it was right to load up all my selections with Erasmus players, not that Coak isn’t

  42. Lenny says:

    The best ever Brooklyn HS basketball player was Roger Brown

  43. Jumpshot Johnson says:

    Charlie Davis was indeed the first black ACC Basketball POY in 1970. Oddly enough there was a black NYC basketball player in 1969 who won the ACC Athlete of the Year but not the ACC Basketball POY. Seems strange but true. He lost out to another NYC kid that year. Anyone want to take a shot at the names?

  44. Jumpshot Johnson says:

    Not Charlie Davis. Who was the guy who beat out Charlie Scott for the ACC POY in 1969? Pretty good ABA/NBA career and was the only player in NBA history to be a licensed lawyer while still an active player.

    • Dan Leary says:

      Hey Red, Just a reminder that the Brooklyn Old timers is May 6th this year.

      • Red says:

        Danny, I may have to make a cameo…

        Hope you are well.

      • Dan Leary says:

        Hope all is well. Hope to see you at the Old Timers.

      • Red says:


        Who ya got in the NCAA tournament this weekend?

      • Dan Leary says:

        I had Michigan State, because I love your guy Izzo. Think NC is too talented to be beat. Would love to see Oklahoma win it. Who you got??

      • Red says:


        It was a tough loss for the Spartans. He did not take it very well. I was with him a couple of days later.

        Would like to see Villanova win it all.

      • Dan Leary says:

        That would be nice to see Jay Wright win. he is a class guy. His 1st coaching job was at Rochester. Great story on line how Mike Neer hired him with no experience. Actually Boheim was going to take the Rochester job and then Syracuse made an offer. Neer was then hired by Rochester. I missed Jay by 2 years. I did play against him at Bucknell. Lowney played 1 year with Jay as assistant.

      • Red says:


        Great stories…I had read where Jay coached at your Alma Mater and quickly thought of you. Was he any good at Bucknell? Crazy…

        Carl Manco and I were discussing players over the last couple of days. We sorta did a “Who was better?”

        Think I’m going to start posting them on the front page.

      • says:

        Don’t actually remember Jay from the game. Bucknell had a guy named Eric Leslie who killed us.

  45. Matt Perlstein says:

    John Roche-La Salle Academy then South Carolina where he teamed with Frank Standard of Erasmus and then the Nets

  46. Joe Almeida says:

    Wow! Excellent stuff! How am I just finding THIS?! And, yup- time to re-read “Foul!” Thx

  47. Carlos Manderson says:

    Rip : Charlie Davis : Boys High…..#BKLYN NY

  48. Norman Smitherman says:

    There was another Great player on the Erasmus Hall 1965 team that people have seemed to
    have forgotten! That was Clinton Smith. Great shot blocker and scorer, Clinton and George Thompson played high above the Rim.

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