Sunday, April 10, 2011
ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY LEGENDS
Solly Walker, 1951-54
The first African-American player to wear a St. John's uniform, Walker's freshman season ended with a trip to the NCAA title game under coach Frank McGuire. He led his squad in scoring (14.0 points per game) and rebounding (12.2 boards per game) as a senior in 1953-54, one year after helping the Redmen to an appearance in the 1953 NIT championship contest.
Mel Davis, 1970-72 One of the all-time great scorers (1,130 points, 34th) and rebounders (845, seventh) in school history, Davis made his mark in only two seasons, averaging 20.9 points per game and 15.6 rebounds for his career. He grabbed 26 rebounds in a game against Seton Hall in 1971, which still stands as a Carnesecca Arena record.
Lloyd "Sonny" Dove, 1964-67 One of only two players in St. John's history with more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, Dove starred in the late 1960s, first under Joe Lapchick and then Lou Carnesecca. Dove currently ranks 10th all-time in St. John's history with 1,576 career points and is second all-time with 1,036 boards.
LeRoy Ellis, 1959-62 One of the greatest rebounders in school history, the wiry Ellis still ranks fifth all-time with 927 boards, and holds the single-season mark (16.5 in 1961-62) and single-game record (30 vs. NYU, 1961) as well. Playing for Joe Lapchick and most of his career alongside Tony Jackson, Ellis is also listed 24th on St. John's all-time scoring chart with 1,289 career points.
Tony Jackson, 1958-61 Arguably the most talented player in school history, Jackson, a two-time consensus All-American, is listed ninth among St. John's all-time scoring leaders with 1,603 points. He is also third on the all-time rebounding list with 991 career boards. Jackson was named the MVP of both the ECAC Holiday Festival and the Postseason NIT during his first season on the varsity team, 1958-59. His 21.1 points per game scoring average is second all-time in school history.