Dec. 11, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - As Brown Basketball competes in its 100th season of intercollegiate basketball, 97 of the greatest players in Bears' basketball history have been named to All-Decade Teams, from 1900-2005, representing each decade the game has been played at Brown.
All 97 players on the All-Decade Teams will be placed on a final ballot to select Brown's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team will be announced at a gala dinner, to be held at the Biltmore Hotel on Saturday, January 21, 2006.
The selection of the 100th Anniversary Team will be open to fans, alumni and the entire community, with the opportunity to vote online and via paper ballot from December 11, 2005 to January 4, 2006. Ballots will be mailed to all former Brown basketball players and will be available at all Brown home games. Voting for the All-Decade teams was open to former Brown players, who voted online over the last month. Fans can vote online at www.brownbears.collegesports.com/bball100/
Since its first game against Holy Cross on February 12, 1901, in Worcester, Mass., Brown teams have played 2,165 games heading into its 100th season. Among the All-Decade Team players selected, captain Raymond Noonan '36, P'73, GP'03 is believed to be the oldest living All-Decade Team player, starring for the Bears from 1934-1936.
Representing the finest players ever at Brown are all 19 of its 1,000 point scorers, including Brown's top two scorers, Earl Hunt '03, the only Bears' player to score over 2,000 career points (2,041), and Arnie Berman '72, who held the Brown scoring record for over 30 years with 1,668 career points.
Two members of All-Decade Teams went on to successfully coach Brown teams. Mike Cingiser '62 netted 1,331 points from 1959-1962 and went on to coach the Bears to their only Ivy League Championship in 1986. Gerry Alaimo '58 was a scoring (1,046 points) and rebounding (870) machine for Brown, and coached the Bears to a 17-9 record and 11-3 Ivy mark (2nd) in 1974.
Prior to 1939, the winner of the National Invitation Tournament was considered the national champion. In 1939, Brown earned a berth in the first ever NCAA Championship and earned the right to play for the new national championship. Seven players from the first NCAA Tournament team - Leonard Campbell '40, John Padden '41, Robert Person '41, Harry Platt '40, George Truman '30, and Francis Wilson '41 - are members of All-Decade Teams in the 1930's and 1940's. Platt's 48-point performance against Northeastern in 1938 is still a Brown record.
In 1986, Coach Cingiser's Bears captured Brown's only Ivy League Championship and competed in the NCAA Tournament against Syracuse with five players on the All-Decade Team of the 1980's - Patrick Lynch '87, Todd Murray '87, Jim Turner '86, Marcus Thompson '90 and Mike Waitkus '86.
Also represented on All-Decade Teams are Brown's three Ivy League Players of the Year, Peter Moss '80, Jim Turner '86, and Jason Forte '05, and the Bears' only three-time first team All-Ivy players, Cingiser, Hunt and Forte. Joe Tebo '58 was the first Brown player to earn first team All-Ivy honors, being selected in 1956.
Russ Tyler '71 holds the second highest scoring average in the Brown record book, averaging 22.7 points per game for the Bears in 1970-71, including a 46-point performance against Rhode Island in 1971.
One of the great stories among All-Decade Team members is Alai Nuualiitia '03, who is recognized as Brown's "Iron Man," having started every game in his four-year Brown career, encompassing 110 games, a 57-53 four-year record, Brown's first ever victory at Princeton, two second place finishes in the Ivy standings, an NIT appearance, 1,344 career points and a Brown record 119 blocked shots.
For more information about the dinner and the celebration of 100 Seasons of Brown men's basketball, call the Brown Sports Foundation at 401-863-1900.
Brown's 100th Season All-Decade Teams
1900-1919 Edward Benjamin '04 Paul DeWolf '05 J. Russell McKay '11 Lou Piere '20 J. Donald Pryor '08 Oscar Rackle '06 William Reynolds '07 William Sprackling '12 Harold Swaffield '10 John von der Leith '12
1920's Emory Danzell Jr. '26 John Heffernan '28 Elmer Joslyn '23 Arthur Miller '22 George Mitchell '25 Joseph Tuckerman '25 William Wagenknecht '25
1930's Leonard Campbell '40 J.R. Caulkins '32 Carl Floren '35 Oscar Hammer '34 E. Kenneth Kennedy '37 Alfred Morcom '37 Raymond Noonan '36 Harry Platt '40 P.A. Snyder '31 George Truman '39
1940's John Bach '46 Ernest Blakey '45 George Delaney '43 George Grimshaw '47 Frederick Kozak '50 Francis Mahoney '50 John Padden '41 Robert Person '41 Edward Sheffe '42 Francis Wilson '41
1950's James Alaimo '58 B. William Arnold '55 Clifford Ehrlich '60 John Lyden '57 Charles Merritt '56 Ludwig Murgo '54 Allan Poulsen '59 David Reed '60 Joseph Tebo '58 Ed Tooley '55
1960's Eugene Barth '63 Forrest Broman '61 Michael Cingiser '62 Fran Driscoll '64 Alan Fishman '67 Greg Heath '62 Rodger Hurley '61 Richard Landau '68 William Reynolds '69 R. David Tarr '65
1970's Arnold Berman '72 Phillip Brown '75 James Burke '74 S. James Busam '75 William Kolkmeyer '72 Charles Mack '79 Edward Morris '75 Peter Moss '80 Brian Saunders '77 Russell Tyler '71
1980's Alex Bynum '84 Ira James '85 Patrick Lynch '87 John McBride '84 Todd Mulder '85 Todd Murray '87 Robert Stanley '81 Marcus Thompson '90 James Turner '86 Michael Waitkus '86
1990's Eric Blackiston '96 Jonathan Drezner '92 James Joseph '96 Joel Koplik '95 Paul Krasinski '98 Brian Lloyd '96 Richard Lloyd '92 Kirk Lowry '92 Kamal Rountree '99 Charles Savage '92