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Elected in 1980 … graduated from Nanuet H.S. in 1963 … three-sport star at Nanuet — football, basketball, baseball — but basketball was his sport … stands 6-foot-7 … made All-County in 1962 and 1963 … was selected to two high school All-America teams … set what was then the Rockland PSAL record for free throws in a season with 82 in 14 games in 1962 … attended Los Angeles State, where he averaged more than 30 points a game, then transferred to the University of Miami, where he became the third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in school history … averaged 21.8 points per game as a junior and 22.3 points per game as a senior … he ranked 18th nationwide in scoring, and had a 45-point game against Oklahoma City … played against future stars such as Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes and Sonny Dove … led the team in rebounding his senior year … scored more than 30 points three times and surpassed 20 points 16 times … only two other Miami players — Rick Barry (whom he roomed with for two years) and Dick Hickox — ever exceeded those totals … wad drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Hawks, but cut at the end of preseason … played for Phillips Oil Company in the U.S. Industrial League … playing for Goodyear, he was an Amateur Athletic Union All-America player and earned invitation to the 1968 Olympic trials, but a broken arm and broken thumb ruined his Olympic dream.