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Schaus from The Monticola, 1955
|Born||June 30, 1925|
|Died||February 10, 2010 84) (aged|
Morgantown, West Virginia
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Newark (Newark, Ohio)|
|College||West Virginia (1946–1949)|
|NBA draft||1949 / Round: 3|
|Selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1949–1953||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1953–1954||New York Knicks|
|1960–1967||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,070 (12.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,609 (6.0 rpg)|
|Assists||961 (2.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Frederick Appleton Schaus (June 30, 1925 – February 10, 2010) was an American basketball player, head coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, general manager and head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach of Purdue University basketball, and a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee. He was born in Newark, Ohio.
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Schaus played basketball at West Virginia, where he earned the record of first to score 1,000 career points (1,009). He was also selected to the All-American team in 1949.
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Schaus left West Virginia to join the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1949–1950 season. He scored 14.3 points a game and a year later scored a career-best 15.3 points a game. He was selected to play in the first NBA All-Star Game and scored eight points for the West. However, he only averaged 14.1 points per game in 1952, and then in 1953 it dropped to 10.1 points per game.
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He was traded to the New York Knicks halfway through the 1954 season and ended his NBA career that season with 7.1 points per game average.
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|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
After his retirement from the NBA, Schaus returned to his alma mater to coach the Mountaineers. In his first season, he led the Mountaineers to a 19–11 mark and an NCAA tournament appearance. In the next five seasons, he posted an amazing 127–26 (.831) record, which included five consecutive NCAA tournament berths. He led WVU to the NCAA finals in 1959, but lost to Pete Newell's California team, 71–70.
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At Purdue, Schaus was the successor to George King, who was Schaus' successor at West Virginia.
After 1981, Schaus returned to WVU to serve as the athletic director.
After the 1960 season, he left college coaching for the Los Angeles Lakers and reunited with his former WVU star, Jerry West. Schaus guided the Lakers to seven consecutive playoff appearances, including 4 Western Conference Championshipsin 5 years (1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966) then in 1967 he moved to the front office to become the Lakers GM. He rebuilt the Lakers, eventually winning the 1972 NBA title.
Schaus died in Morgantown, West Virginia in February 2010.
|West Virginia Mountaineers (Southern Conference)(1954–1960)|
|1954–55||West Virginia||19–11||9–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1955–56||West Virginia||21–9||10–2||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|1956–57||West Virginia||25–5||12–0||1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1957–58||West Virginia||26–2||12–0||1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1958–59||West Virginia||29–5||11–0||1st||NCAA University Division Runner-up|
|1959–60||West Virginia||26–5||9–2||2nd||NCAA University Division Regional Third Place|
|West Virginia:||146–37 (.798)||63–5 (.926)|
|Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference)(1972–1978)|
|1976–77||Purdue||20–8||14–4||2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Purdue:||104–60 (.634)||65–35 (.650)|
|Total:||250 – 97 (.720)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|LAL||1960–61||79||36||43||.456||2nd in Western||12||6||6||.500||Lost in Western Div. Finals|
|LAL||1961–62||80||54||26||.675||1st in Western||13||7||6||.538||Lost in NBA Finals|
|LAL||1962–63||80||53||27||.663||1st in Western||13||6||7||.462||Lost in NBA Finals|
|LAL||1963–64||80||42||38||.525||3rd in Western||5||2||3||.400||Lost in Western Div. Semifinals|
|LAL||1964–65||80||49||31||.613||1st in Western||11||5||6||.455||Lost in NBA Finals|
|LAL||1965–66||80||45||35||.563||1st in Western||14||7||7||.500||Lost in NBA Finals|
|LAL||1966–67||81||36||45||.444||3rd in Western||3||0||3||.000||Lost in Western Div. Semifinals|
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