Tony Nicodemo

Last updated

Anthony J. Nicodemo (August 28, 1936 – December 28, 2004) was a college basketball player who set several game, season and career scoring records while playing for Saint Michael's College of Vermont Purple Knights in the late 1950s.

Nicodemo prepped at Ferris High School in Jersey City, New Jersey where he was the first 1,000 point scorer in Jersey City public school history. [1] He was first team All City, All Hudson County, and All State in 1955. His number 13 was the first jersey retired in Jersey City public school history.

Nicodemo was the cornerstone for the foundation of the tremendously successful Saint Michael's College basketball teams of the late 1950s. He was voted a Second Team NCAA Men's Basketball All-American by both the Associated Press ( AP) and United Press international (UPI) in both 1958 and 1959. He was named a Catholic Small College All-American in 1959. He was named All-State three times, and All-New England twice. He was named the Men's College Division NCAA Tournament MVP in the 1958 New England Regionals, as he led the Purple Knights to the national tournament for the third straight year. He was the only small college player named to Look magazine's District One (New England) First Team in 1959. Nicodemo, who set several game, season, and career scoring records at Saint Michael's, also set two NCAA Tournament records in 1958. In the team's win against Grambling, Nicodemo scored 49 points ( NCAA tournament record) on 20 field goals ( NCAA tournament record) to bring the team to the tournament's Final Four. A graduate in the class of 1959, Nicodemo was captain of the basketball team and scored l,042 points in his collegiate career. Saint Michael's retired his #13 jersey and was inducted as a charter member into the school's hall of fame in 1987. Nicodemo is also an inductee of the Hudson County (NJ) Sports Hall of Fame as well as The New England Basketball Hall of Fame . . [2]

Related Research Articles

Saint Peters University

Saint Peter's University is a private Jesuit university in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was founded as Saint Peter's College in 1872 by the Society of Jesus. It offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Its college mascot is the Peacock and its sports teams play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which it is a founding member.

Tom Gola

Thomas Joseph Gola was an American basketball player and politician. He is widely considered one of the greatest NCAA basketball players of all-time. Gola was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976.

Howard Goodsell Cann was an American sportsman best known as the long-time men's basketball coach at New York University. He was also an Olympic shot putter and a college basketball and football player.

Guy Rodgers

Guy William Rodgers was an American professional basketball player born in Philadelphia. He spent twelve years (1958–1970) in the NBA, and was one of the league's best playmakers in the early to mid-1960s. Rodgers led the NBA in assists twice, and placed second six times. Rodgers was inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Lennie Rosenbluth

Leonard Robert Rosenbluth is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he was Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1957), consensus first-team All-American (1957), second-team All-American – AP, UPI, INS (1956), third-team All-American – NEA, Collier's (1956), ACC Player of the Year (1957), 3× first-team All-ACC (1955–1957). His No. 10 was retired by the Tar Heels.

Jim Spanarkel

James Gerard Spanarkel is an American television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES Network and College Basketball on CBS and a former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. He played college basketball for Duke University, where he was an All-American.

Eugene "Squeaky" Melchiorre was an American basketball player. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets and was the first overall pick in the 1951 NBA Draft. Melchiorre never played an NBA game due to his lifetime ban from the league for point shaving when he was a college player.

John Paul "Jack" Garrity was an American ice hockey player. Garrity was a member of the American 1948 Winter Olympics team. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

St. Mary High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, that operated as part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark until the school was closed in June 2011.

The Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball team represents Kansas State University in college basketball competition. The program is classified in the NCAA Division I, and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The current head coach is Bruce Weber.

James J. Ferris High School High school in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

James J. Ferris High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operated as part of the Jersey City Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1940.

Evansville Purple Aces mens basketball

The Evansville Purple Aces men's basketball team represents the Purple Aces of the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Indiana, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They play their home games at the Ford Center. Evansville's athletics teams were originally known as the Pioneers in the early part of the 1900s. In the 1920s, the name Aces arose after a local sports writer wrote in a game story of the men's basketball team, "They played like Aces." The team has been known as the Aces and/or Purple Aces ever since. Evansville has won five Division II national championships. On November 12, 2019, the Aces earned one of the biggest victories in their Division I history, upsetting top-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Don Hennon

Don Leroy Hennon is an American surgeon and a former basketball player for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team, where he was a two-time Consensus All-American. A 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall guard, Hennon was noted for his prolific scoring ability and is a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Indiana Collegiate Conference (ICC) was a college athletic conference in the United States from 1951 to 1978. It consisted solely of schools in Indiana.

Bill Erickson

Bertil William Erickson was an NCAA All-American basketball player at the University of Illinois during a career that spanned from 1947 to 1950, and then a player in the National Professional Basketball League for the Saint Paul Lights.

Denny Fitzpatrick is a retired American basketball player. He was Most Valuable Player and leading scorer for the 1959 NCAA champion California Golden Bears.

1959–60 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1959–60 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1959-60 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tom Nolan coached them in his fourth and final season as head coach. The team was an independent and played its home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. The team finished with a record of 11-12 and had no post-season play.

1953–54 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1953–54 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1953-54 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Harry "Buddy" Jeannette coached them in his second season as head coach. The team was an independent and played its home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. It finished the season with a record of 11-18 and had no postseason play.

1952–53 Georgetown Hoyas mens basketball team American college basketball season

The 1952–53 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1952–53 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Harry "Buddy" Jeannette – who had played professional basketball from 1938 to 1950 and had coached the original Baltimore Bullets from 1947 to 1951 – coached the 1952–53 Hoyas in his first season as head coach. The team was an independent and played its home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C. It finished with a record of 13-7 – the most successful team of Jeannette's four-year tenure as head coach – and became the first Georgetown men's basketball team ever to be invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), losing to Louisville in the first round of the 1953 NIT.

James Paul "Bo" Clark is a former American college basketball coach and author. He was the head men's basketball coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine. Fla., for 31 years and led his teams to 491 wins. In his tenure, the Saints qualified for three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national basketball tournaments. The court at Flagler is named in his honor. The "Clark Family Court" was dedicated on February, 18, 2017.

References

  1. Hague, Jim. "Scoreboard: Remembering the man they called 'Tiger'", The Hudson Reporter , January 18, 2005. Accessed January 3, 2018. "He was one of the greatest high school basketball players to ever come out of Ferris High School, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer in an era when scoring in basketball was as rare as the Hope Diamond. In the 1950s, during Nicodemo's heyday, he was the first Hudson County hoopster to employ the use of a jump shot.... Nicodemo then came home to become a teacher and coach at Ferris High School, eventually becoming a guidance counselor to thousands of students. He also spent almost 30 years as the athletic director at St. Mary's High School on Third Street, just around the corner from where he grew up."
  2. Anthony J. Nicodemo, Saint Michael's College. Accessed January 9, 2018.