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13  Ken Murray 1941-51 : Murray was the first St. Bonaventure player to achieve 1,000 career points. He finished with 1,090.  Sporting News named to Murray to its All-American team in 1949-50. Murray also led the Brown Indians to the NCIT in 1949. Highest point per game average was 14.8 points during 49-50 season.  

After his Brown Indians career, Murray went on to play for the Chicago Stags, winning Rookie of the Year in the NBA in 1952. His stops in the NBA also included the Fort Wayne Pistons and Philadelphia Warriors. 

Murray was inducted in the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.


22  Sam Stith 1957-60: The elder Stith brother provided tremendous defense for the Brown Indians. His statistics show how much of a factor he was:  1,112 points and 620 rebounds. He averaged 20.5 points during senior season. 

He went on to play for his hometown New York Knickerbockers. 

Stith was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.


42  Tom Stith 1958-61: The younger Stith brother provided more of a scoring touch.  Over three seasons, he scored 2,052 points. Tom became St. Bonaventure's first consensus All-American in 1960. He also won the award in 1961. He averaged 31.5 points per game during 59-60 season. The younger Stith also recorded the most points in one season, with 830 points over 28 games during the 1960-61 season. 

Stith joined his brother in New York, playing for the Knicks.

Stith was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.


34 Whitey Martin 1952-61: Ronald 'Whitey' Martin captained the Brown Indians in the team's first trip to the NCAA tournament. He was also named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention team and Catholic Colleges All-American Honorable Mention team in 1961.

After SBU, Martin joined the Stith brothers as a member of the New York Knickerbockers in 1961.

Martin was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.


14 Bill Butler 1966-68: Bill 'Butts' Butler captained the only St. Bonaventure team that finished the regular season undefeated. His senior season of 1967-68 finished with a berth in the NCAA tournament.   He averaged 23.3 points per game in the tournament. He finished his Brown Indian career with 1,462 points and 650 rebounds.

Butler went on to play with the Boston Celtics.

Butler was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.

54 Fred Crawford 1960-64: During SBU's first venture into the NCAA tournament, sophomore Fred Crawford scored 614 points. Crawford continued his torrid scoring pace in his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 19.7 points per game during his junior campaign, scoring 492 points. In his senior season, he scored 631 points, earning All-East honors. Crawford also averaged 10.3 rebounds per game for his career. 

Crawford was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played for several other NBA teams including the New York Knicks, Buffalo Braves and Philadelphia 76ers. 

Crawford was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970.


31 Bob Lanier 1966-70: Bob Lanier took St. Bonaventure basketball to it's lone Final Four appearance during his senior season of 1970. Lanier was exemplified simply because he was 6-10 and wore size 22 shoes. During his first varsity season, Lanier and Butler helped the Brown and White to its only undefeated regular season. During that season, he averaged 26.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game. During the second tournament season, Lanier averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds. He was also named a Consensus All-American during the 69-70 season. Lanier propelled SBU to its only time being ranked number 1 in the national polls. 

Lanier finished his career with 2,067 points and 1,180 rebounds. The rebounds stand as the most ever by a SBU player over a career. His scoring total is currently second. He also holds the most points scored during a game at 51 and most rebounds in a game at 27.

Lanier was chosen first overall by the Detroit Pistons, joining Ken Murray as two members of the Brown and White to be named NBA Rookie of the Year. He was an eight-time all star during his 14 year career with Detroit and the Milwaukee Bucks. Lanier was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and currently works as a special assistant to NBA commissioner David Stern. 

Lanier was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975.


25 Essie Hollis 1973-77: Essie Hollis had his best season in brown and white during the team's 1977 NIT championship season. During that senior season, Hollis averaged 21.8 points per game and 8.9 rebound per game that season. Hollis came to SBU from Erie, PA, while attending St. Bonaventure, Hollis' teams won 72 games. 

Hollis went on to play in the NBA for one season with the Detroit Pistons. 

Hollis was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.


25 Earl Belcher 1977-81: Earl Belcher finished his career with 2,077 points. He is one of three members of the 2,000 point club while playing at St. Bonaventure. He led the team in scoring during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Belcher is one of two players that was named to the Atlantic 10 first team award twice. He was named A-10 Player of the Year in 1981.

Belcher was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.


53 Greg Sanders 1974-78: Sanders finished his career as the all-time scoring leader at St. Bonaventure with 2,238 points, his career average per game was 19.9. During the NIT championship season, The Washington, D.C. native averaged 21.2 points per game and a modest 5.9 rebounds per game. His senior season, Sanders averaged 22.1 points per  game on the way to the NCAA tournament.  Along with his scoring title, Sanders finished with 637 rebounds, joining the 1,000 points, 600 career rebound club.

Sanders went on to play in the NBA with the New York Knicks. 

Sanders was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.


55 David Vanterpool 1992-95: David Vanterpool started the resurgence in St. Bonaventure basketball under new head coach Jim Baron. Vanterpool helped SBU earn a NIT berth in 1995, the program's first postseason game since 1983. He was an A-10 all-conference selection in 94-95. Vanterpool finished his career with 1,474 points and 630 rebounds. He also holds the distinction of being the only player with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists for a career.

Vanterpool went on to play in the CBA and in the NBA with Washington Wizards and New Jersey Nets. Last season, Vanterpool played with CSKA Moscow.

Vanterpool was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.


12 J.R. Bremer 1999-02: J.R. Bremer helped SBU get to its first NCAA tournament birth in 22 years in only his sophomore year.  He was second in scoring in the first round loss to Kentucky with 17 points in 35 minutes played. He also led SBU to consecutive NIT berths in 2001 and 2002. He was named to the Atlantic 10 first team in his senior season of 2001-02. The Cleveland, OH native finished his Bonaventure career with 1,732 points. He had a career-high 35 points against Rhode Island in 2002. Bremer finished fourth in the nation in scoring his senior season, averaging 24.6 points per game. He also holds the record for most free throws made and attempted during the season with 188 made and 266 attempted during the 2001-02 season.

Bremer went on to sign a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He was named to All-Rookie second team following the 2002-03 season. After stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats, Bremer moved overseas to play in Spain. He is currently playing with Spartak in Russia.


5 Marques Green 2001-04: Green became one of the most versatile players to put on the Bonnies uniform. During the 2001-02 season, Green tied the record for most assists in a season with 179 over 30 games. He also made and attempted the most three-pointers in one season, with 281 made and 730 attempts.  He also made the most shots in a season with 98, during the 2003-04 season. The Norristown, PA native finished his career with 1,734 points, 730 three-point attempts, 659 assists and 325 steals. He led the nation in steals per game with 3.9 per game, and set a SBU single season record with 107 steals.

Green went on to a professional career, playing in the French Pro A league for three seasons. He was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league team in 2004. Green currently plays for Air AV in Italy.  


1 Ahmad Smith 2003-06: Smith helped the men's basketball program through its toughest period to date.  The Alexandria, VA native is a member of the 1,000 points and 500 rebound career club, scoring 1,261 points and 536 rebounds. 

Smith was a model of consistency. In 108 games played at SBU, Smith averaged 11.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Smith spent the 2006-07 season in Europe, playing for the UCC Demons in Ireland. 





Richard Phelan 1919-1920: 6-10 record, coached one season
Al Carmont 1920-23: 27-33 record
Glen Carberry 1923-26: 35-21 record 
Jack Flavin 1926-27: 13-5 record
Fred Ostergren 1927-28 14-7 record

Mike Reilly 1928-47: Reilly's record while coaching at St. Bonaventure was 133-75. Reilly stands currently as the longest tenured coach for the men's basketball program, coaching for 15 years. 

Reilly also served as coach for the Bonaventure football team.  

Reilly was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969


Fr. Anselm Krieger 1944-46: 15-10 record as as a coach at St. Bonaventure

Krieger was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.


Harry Singleton 1946-47: 10-11 record as coach.


Eddie Melvin 1947-53: Eddie Melvin led St. Bonaventure basketball to its first postseason berth in 1949, to the NCIT. He also led the Brown Indians to its first NIT in 1951.  During his time at the helm, Melvin compiled a 98-46 record.

Melvin went on to coach at Toledo.

Melvin was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.


Eddie Donovan 1953-61: Eddie Donovan continued the tradition of winning after taking over for Melvin. He lead the team to the 1957 NIT, making it to the third round, eventually losing to Memphis St. in overtime. That would begin the run of four straight seasons of postseason play in the NIT for the Brown Indians. In 1961, Donovan coached the Brown Indians to the NCAA tournament. In that tournament, St. Bonaventure defeated Rhode Island and Tennessee A&I. 

Donovan (far, right) went on to become the coach with the New York Knicks, eventually becoming general manger. He returned to the Western New York area when he became the general manager of the Buffalo Braves. 

Donovan was inducted into the SBU athletics Hall of Fame in 1970

Larry Weise 1961-1973: Weise played for the Brown Indians under Donovan from 1955-58.  The Rochester, NY native was named co-captain his senior season of 57-59 and scored 862 career points as a member of the Brown Indian squad.

While coaching at St. Bonaventure, Weise took the team to the NCIT in 1963, the NIT in 1964, and NCAA tournament twice, in 1968 and 1970. He won the Eastern Regional Title in 1970 on the program's only trip to the Final Four.  He finished with a career record of 202-90.

Weise stayed on at St. Bonaventure as athletics director for 19 years, retiring in 1992.

Weise was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.


Jim Satalin 1973-82: Satalin ( right) played from 1965-69 at St. Bonaventure. The Syracuse, NY native  returned to St. Bonaventure University in 1970 as men's freshman basketball coach. On May 11,1973, Jim Satalin was named the 12th coach of men's basketball  at SBU.  Satalin led the Brown Indians to one NCAA tournament and two NIT tournaments, bringing home the tournament title in 1977. Satalin finished with a SBU career coaching record of 202-90.

Satalin went on to coach at Duquesne University.

Satalin was inducted into the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.


Jim O'Brien 1982-86: Jim O'Brien led the Bonnies to the 1983 NIT, eventually losing to Iona in the first round of the tournament. He won 20 games in his first season with the Bonnies. He was named Atlantic 10 co-coach of the year in 1982. It was his lone postseason appearance with the Bonnies. He compiled a 67-51 record at the helm of SBU. 

O'Brien went on to coach in the Big East conference for Boston College from 1986-1997. He  coached at Ohio State until 2004.

Ron DeCarli 1986-89: DeCarli finished with a 31-53 record in three years as St. Bonaventure head coach. He never finished higher than sixth in the Atlantic 10.
Tom Chapman 1989-92: Another short-term St. Bonaventure coach, Chapman had a 22-62 record overall and never finished higher than ninth in the A-10.

Jim Baron 1992-2001: As a player, Baron captained the 1977 NIT championship team at St. Bonaventure. As a coach in 2000, he ended the 22-year absence of SBU from the NCAA tournament. Baron took SBU to the NIT three times.  While coaching at SBU, Baron had a record of 132-131. 

Baron currently coaches at University of Rhode Island. 



Jan van Breda Kolff 2001-03: Breda Kolff cannot really be judged by his win-loss record, but as the scar that he and others left on the men's basketball program. His record as coach of SBU was 18-39. In his first season, Breda Kolff continued Baron's winning ways by finishing third in the A-10 East and getting to the NIT, falling at Syracuse, 76-66.

Anthony Solomon 2003-07: Solomon compiled a 24-88 record at the helm of the Bonnies. His best year, the team compiled a 8-19 record, finishing 13th in the A-10.  He came highly-regarded as an assistant for Mike Brey at Notre Dame. 

After one season as an assistant at Dayton, Solomon returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. 


Mark Schmidt
The SBU Athletics Hall of Fame was created to recognize the contributions of those who made an impact on the athletic fields and courts of St. Bonaventure. 

Many basketball players have been named to the SBU Athletics HOF.  This is a complete list of those players  who weren't mentioned above. 

George Carter 

Canisius O'Connor 

John Connors 

Dominic Denio

Mal Duffy

Ken Fairfield 

Matthew Gantt

Greg Gary

Glen Hagan

Fred Handler

Paul Hoffman

Carl Jackson

Mark Jones 

Billy Kalbaugh 

Clete Kenville

Brendan McCann

Gervase McMillen 

Shandue McNeil

Barry Mungar

Glenn Price

Bob Rozyckzko

Robert Sassone

Sam Urzetta

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