13 Ken Murray
1941-51 : Murray was the first St. Bonaventure player to achieve 1,000
career points. He finished with 1,090. Sporting News named to
Murray to its All-American team in 1949-50. Murray also led the Brown
Indians to the NCIT in 1949. Highest point per game average was 14.8
points during 49-50 season.
After his Brown Indians career,
Murray went on to play for the Chicago Stags, winning Rookie of the
Year in the NBA in 1952. His stops in the NBA also included the Fort
Wayne Pistons and Philadelphia Warriors.
Murray was inducted in the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.
22 Sam Stith 1957-60: The elder Stith
brother provided tremendous defense for the Brown Indians. His statistics show
how much of a factor he was: 1,112 points and 620
rebounds. He averaged 20.5 points during senior season.
He went on to play for his hometown New York
Stith was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.
42 Tom Stith 1958-61: The younger Stith
brother provided more of a scoring touch. Over three seasons, he scored 2,052
points. Tom became St. Bonaventure's first consensus All-American in
1960. He also won the award in 1961. He averaged 31.5 points per game
during 59-60 season. The younger Stith also recorded the most points in
one season, with 830 points over 28 games during the 1960-61 season.
Stith joined his brother in New York, playing for the Knicks.
Stith was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.
Martin 1952-61: Ronald 'Whitey' Martin captained the
Brown Indians in the team's first trip to the NCAA tournament. He was
also named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention team and
Catholic Colleges All-American Honorable Mention team in 1961.
SBU, Martin joined the Stith brothers as a member of the New York
Knickerbockers in 1961.
Martin was inducted into the SBU Athletics
Hall of Fame in 1969.
Butler 1966-68: Bill 'Butts' Butler captained the only St.
Bonaventure team that finished the regular season undefeated. His senior
season of 1967-68 finished with a berth in the NCAA
tournament. He averaged 23.3 points per game in the
tournament. He finished his Brown Indian career with 1,462 points and 650
Butler went on to play with the Boston Celtics.
inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.
Fred Crawford 1960-64:
During SBU's first venture into the NCAA tournament, sophomore Fred
Crawford scored 614 points. Crawford continued his torrid scoring pace
in his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 19.7 points per game
during his junior campaign, scoring 492 points. In his senior season, he
scored 631 points, earning All-East honors. Crawford also averaged 10.3
rebounds per game for his career.
Crawford was drafted by the Milwaukee
Bucks. He played for several other NBA teams including the New York
Knicks, Buffalo Braves and Philadelphia 76ers.
inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970.
Bob Lanier 1966-70: Bob
Lanier took St. Bonaventure basketball to it's lone Final Four
appearance during his senior season of 1970. Lanier was exemplified
simply because he was 6-10 and wore size 22 shoes. During his first
varsity season, Lanier and Butler helped the Brown and White to its only
undefeated regular season. During that season, he averaged 26.2 points
and 15.6 rebounds per game. During the second tournament season,
Lanier averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds. He was also named a Consensus
All-American during the 69-70 season. Lanier propelled SBU to its
only time being ranked number 1 in the national polls.
finished his career with 2,067 points and 1,180 rebounds. The rebounds
stand as the most ever by a SBU player over a career. His scoring total
is currently second. He also holds the most points scored during a game
at 51 and most rebounds in a game at 27.
Lanier was chosen first
overall by the Detroit Pistons, joining Ken Murray as two members of the
Brown and White to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. He was an eight-time
all star during his 14 year career with Detroit and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lanier was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and
currently works as a special assistant to NBA commissioner David
was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975.
Hollis 1973-77: Essie Hollis had his best season in brown and
white during the team's 1977 NIT championship season.
During that senior season, Hollis averaged 21.8 points per game
and 8.9 rebound per game that season. Hollis came to SBU from Erie, PA,
while attending St. Bonaventure, Hollis' teams won 72 games.
went on to play in the NBA for one season with the Detroit
Hollis was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame
Belcher 1977-81: Earl Belcher finished his career with 2,077
points. He is one of three members of the 2,000 point club while playing
at St. Bonaventure. He led the team in scoring during his sophomore,
junior and senior seasons. Belcher is one of two players that was named
to the Atlantic 10 first team award twice. He was named A-10 Player of
the Year in 1981.
Belcher was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.
Sanders 1974-78: Sanders finished his career as the all-time
scoring leader at St. Bonaventure with 2,238 points, his career average
per game was 19.9. During the NIT championship season, The Washington,
D.C. native averaged 21.2 points per game and a modest 5.9 rebounds per
game. His senior season, Sanders averaged 22.1 points per game on
the way to the NCAA tournament. Along with his scoring title,
Sanders finished with 637 rebounds, joining the 1,000 points, 600 career
Sanders went on to play in the NBA with the New York
Sanders was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame
Vanterpool 1992-95: David Vanterpool started the resurgence in St.
Bonaventure basketball under new head coach Jim Baron. Vanterpool helped
SBU earn a NIT berth in 1995, the program's first postseason game since
1983. He was an A-10 all-conference selection in 94-95. Vanterpool
finished his career with 1,474 points and 630 rebounds. He also holds the
distinction of being the only player with at least 1,000 points, 500
rebounds and 400 assists for a career.
went on to play in the CBA and in the NBA with Washington Wizards and New
Jersey Nets. Last season, Vanterpool played with CSKA Moscow.
was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
J.R. Bremer 1999-02:
J.R. Bremer helped SBU get to its first NCAA tournament birth in 22 years
in only his sophomore year. He was second in scoring in the first
round loss to Kentucky with 17 points in 35 minutes played. He also led
SBU to consecutive NIT berths in 2001 and 2002. He was named to the
Atlantic 10 first team in his senior season of 2001-02. The Cleveland, OH
native finished his Bonaventure career with 1,732 points. He had a
career-high 35 points against Rhode Island in 2002. Bremer finished fourth
in the nation in scoring his senior season, averaging 24.6 points per
game. He also holds the record for most free throws made and attempted
during the season with 188 made and 266 attempted during the 2001-02
Bremer went on to sign a free agent contract with the
Boston Celtics in the NBA. He was named to All-Rookie second team
following the 2002-03 season. After stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Charlotte Bobcats, Bremer moved overseas to play in Spain. He is currently
playing with Spartak in Russia.
Green 2001-04: Green became one of the most versatile players
to put on the Bonnies uniform. During the 2001-02 season, Green tied the
record for most assists in a season with 179 over 30 games. He also made
and attempted the most three-pointers in one season, with 281 made and
730 attempts. He also made the most shots in a season with 98,
during the 2003-04 season. The Norristown, PA native finished his career
with 1,734 points, 730 three-point attempts, 659 assists and 325 steals.
He led the nation in steals per game with 3.9 per game, and set a SBU
single season record with 107 steals.
Green went on to a professional career, playing in the French Pro A
league for three seasons. He was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers'
summer league team in 2004. Green currently plays for Air AV in
Smith 2003-06: Smith helped the men's basketball program
through its toughest period to date. The Alexandria, VA native is
a member of the 1,000 points and 500 rebound career club, scoring 1,261
points and 536 rebounds.
Smith was a model of consistency. In 108 games played at SBU, Smith
averaged 11.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Smith spent the 2006-07 season in Europe, playing for the UCC Demons
Phelan 1919-1920: 6-10 record, coached one season
|Al Carmont 1920-23:
|Glen Carberry 1923-26:
|Jack Flavin 1926-27:
|Fred Ostergren 1927-28
Reilly 1928-47: Reilly's record while coaching at St.
Bonaventure was 133-75. Reilly stands currently as the longest tenured
coach for the men's basketball program, coaching for 15 years.
Reilly also served as coach for the Bonaventure football
Reilly was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969
Fr. Anselm Krieger 1944-46:
15-10 record as as a coach at St. Bonaventure
Krieger was inducted
into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.
Harry Singleton 1946-47:
10-11 record as coach.
Eddie Melvin 1947-53:
Eddie Melvin led St. Bonaventure basketball to its first postseason
berth in 1949, to the NCIT. He also led the Brown Indians to its first
NIT in 1951. During his time at the helm, Melvin compiled a 98-46
Melvin went on to coach at Toledo.
Melvin was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
Eddie Donovan 1953-61:
Eddie Donovan continued the tradition of winning after taking over for
Melvin. He lead the team to the 1957 NIT, making it to the third round,
eventually losing to Memphis St. in overtime. That would begin the run
of four straight seasons of postseason play in the NIT for the Brown
Indians. In 1961, Donovan coached the Brown Indians to the NCAA
tournament. In that tournament, St. Bonaventure defeated Rhode Island
and Tennessee A&I.
Donovan (far, right) went on to become the coach with the New York Knicks,
eventually becoming general manger. He returned to the Western New York
area when he became the general manager of the Buffalo Braves.
Donovan was inducted into the SBU athletics Hall of Fame in 1970
Larry Weise 1961-1973:
Weise played for the Brown Indians under Donovan from 1955-58. The
Rochester, NY native was named co-captain his senior season of 57-59 and
scored 862 career points as a member of the Brown Indian squad.
While coaching at St. Bonaventure, Weise took the team to the NCIT in
1963, the NIT in 1964, and NCAA tournament twice, in 1968 and 1970. He
won the Eastern Regional Title in 1970 on the program's only trip to the
Final Four. He finished with a career record of 202-90.
Weise stayed on at St. Bonaventure as athletics director for 19
years, retiring in 1992.
Weise was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.
Jim Satalin 1973-82:
Satalin ( right) played from 1965-69 at St. Bonaventure. The Syracuse, NY native
returned to St. Bonaventure University in 1970 as men's freshman
basketball coach. On May 11,1973, Jim Satalin was named the 12th coach of
men's basketball at SBU. Satalin led the Brown Indians to
one NCAA tournament and two NIT tournaments, bringing home the
tournament title in 1977. Satalin finished with a SBU career coaching
record of 202-90.
Satalin went on to coach at Duquesne University.
Satalin was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.
1982-86: Jim O'Brien led the
Bonnies to the 1983 NIT, eventually losing to Iona in the first round of
the tournament. He won 20 games in his first season with the Bonnies. He
was named Atlantic 10 co-coach of the year in 1982. It was his lone
postseason appearance with the Bonnies. He compiled a 67-51 record at
the helm of SBU.
O'Brien went on to coach in the Big East conference for Boston
College from 1986-1997. He coached at Ohio State until 2004.
|Ron DeCarli 1986-89:
DeCarli finished with a 31-53 record in three years as St. Bonaventure
head coach. He never finished higher than sixth in the Atlantic 10.
|Tom Chapman 1989-92:
Another short-term St. Bonaventure coach, Chapman had a 22-62 record
overall and never finished higher than ninth in the A-10.
Jim Baron 1992-2001: As
a player, Baron captained the 1977 NIT championship team at St.
Bonaventure. As a coach in 2000, he ended the 22-year absence of SBU
from the NCAA tournament. Baron took SBU to the NIT three times.
While coaching at SBU, Baron had a record of 132-131.
Baron currently coaches at University of Rhode Island.
|Jan van Breda Kolff 2001-03:
Breda Kolff cannot really be judged by his win-loss record, but as the
scar that he and others left on the men's basketball program. His record
as coach of SBU was 18-39. In his first season, Breda Kolff continued
Baron's winning ways by finishing third in the A-10 East and getting to
the NIT, falling at Syracuse, 76-66.
Anthony Solomon 2003-07:
Solomon compiled a 24-88 record at the helm of the Bonnies. His best
year, the team compiled a 8-19 record, finishing 13th in the A-10.
He came highly-regarded as an assistant for Mike Brey at Notre
After one season as an assistant at Dayton, Solomon returned to Notre
Dame as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season.
|The SBU Athletics Hall of Fame was created to
recognize the contributions of those who made an impact on the athletic
fields and courts of St. Bonaventure.
Many basketball players have been named to the SBU
Athletics HOF. This is a complete list of those players who
weren't mentioned above.
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