#11 in Seattle University History - Rod Derline
Courtesy: Seattle University

To commemorate the first Division I home game for the men's basketball program in 29 years, the Seattle University athletic department is releasing a list of the top 29 men's basketball players from the previous Division I era.

As the game between Seattle University and Loyola Marymount at KeyArena at the Seattle Center is now 11 days away, the athletic department is continuing a countdown of the top 15 players in Seattle University history. From a list of about 45 names, the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee voted to narrow the list to the top 29. The players occupying spots #29-16 have been previously released, and now the countdown rolls along.

As voted by the SU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee:

#11 Rod Derline (1970-74)--Integral member along with Frank Oleynick, Reggie Green, and Ron Howard on 1973-74 team that defeated San Francisco 62-59 in a critical WCAC game. SU went on to have its best year in the WCAC that year, finishing second. Attended Elma High and was named to the Seattle Times All-Century High School team. Known as "Rod the Rifle" for his long-range sharpshooting. Averaged over 50 percent from the field in his last two seasons and 13.4 ppg for his college.career. Best season was 1972-73 when he scored 423 points and averaged 16.3 ppg. Drafted by the Seattle Supersonics and played two seasons before a knee injury ended his career. 


#12 Ernie Dunston (1960-63)--Starting member along with Eddie Miles on three straight teams that saw NCAA Division I post-season action. Another graduate of SU's Washington, D.C. satellite recruiting station, Springarn High. Known for combining a light touch with a tough inside game, he teamed up first with Dave Mills and Ritchie Brennan and then with John Tresvant to give SU one of the most respected front lines on the West Coast. Averaged 13.1 ppg and 10.3 rebounds per game in 1962-63. Long-time manager of Sears retail outlets who remains active in the community.


#13 Jawann Oldham (1976-80)--Finished his Seattle University career with 1,530 points, tenth on the all-time list, and 965 rebounds, behind only Elgin Baylor on that career list. During his senior season, Oldham shot 56.5 percent from the field (188-of-333), the ninth-highest field goal percentage in a single season in school history. Jawann was a member of the United States World Games team during the summer of 1979 and helped the team win a gold medal, earning 13 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocked shots in the gold medal game against Yugoslavia.


#14 Dick Stricklin (1954-57)--The bridge between the O’Brien brothers and Elgin Baylor, Stricklin finished with 1,595 career points, eighth on the all-time scoring list, and 924 career rebounds, fourth on SeattleU’s career rebounding list. He led his teams to two NCAA tournaments as well as the 1957 National Invitational Tournament. During the 1954-55 season, Stricklin helped Seattle University defeat the Chinese National Team, 96-66 at the Seattle Civic Auditorium. He stayed on as a practice player during the 1957-58 season, helping the team overcome a 4-5 start to advance all the way to the NCAA title game against Kentucky. 


#15 Carl Ervin (1976-80)--Teammate of Clint Richardson, Jawann Oldham, and Keith Harrell on the last SU team to beat the University of Washington in 1978-79. Playmaking guard along with center Oldham on Cleveland High teams that won back-to-back State AA and AAA crowns. Excellent ball handler with great anticipation and deception as a passer, he held SU season record for assist average for almost 30 years, registering 6.4 per game in 1977-78 (179 total assists, third-most in single season), and is second in career assists (534) and assist average (5.0).


Players 16-29, in alphabetical order:


Stan Glowaski (1952-55): 90 Games Played, 1,308 Career Points (14.5 ppg), 958 Career Rebounds (10.6 rpg), Third in career rebounds


Jim Harney (1955-58): 83 Games Played, 490 Career Points (5.9 ppg), Captain of 1957-58 Team that reached NCAA title game


Keith Harrell (1974-79): 105 Games Played, 1,141 Career Points (10.9 ppg), 619 Career Rebounds (5.9 rpg), .511 FG Percentage


Gary Ladd (1969-72): 74 Games Played, 877 Career Points (11.9 ppg), .740 FT Percentage (131-for-177)


Tommy Little (1967-70): 78 Games Played, 1,585 Career Points (20.3 ppg), Ninth in career points, Sixth in career scoring average


Steve Looney (1965-68): 77 Games Played, 927 Career Points (12.0 ppg), .719 FT Percentage (205-for-285)


Plummer Lott (1964-67): 76 Games Played, 692 Career Points (9.1 ppg), 474 Career Rebounds (6.2 rpg)


Dave Mills (1959-61): 53 Games Played, 988 Career Points (18.6 ppg), 790 Career Rebounds (14.9 rpg), Second in rebounding average


Don Ogorek (1957-60): 84 Games Played, 1,230 Career Points (14.6 ppg), 694 Career Rebounds (8.3 rpg)


Joe Pehanick (1952-54): 58 Games Played, 674 Career Points (11.6 ppg), 368 Career Rebounds (6.3 rpg)


Sam Pierce (1967-70): 74 Games Played, 723 Career Points (9.8 ppg), 323 Career Rebounds (4.4 rpg)


Malkin Strong (1964-67): 78 Games Played, 1,062 Career Points (13.6 ppg), 790 Career Rebounds (10.1 rpg)


Lou West (1967-70): 82 Games Played, 1,341 Career Points (16.4 ppg), 864 Career Rebounds (10.5 rpg), Seventh in career rebounds


Greg Williams (1970-73): 78 Games Played, 1,476 Career Points (18.9 ppg), 835 Career Rebounds (10.7 rpg), .528 FG Percentage


Again, the top 15 will be revealed individually, beginning with Carl Ervin on Dec. 18 and concluding with #1 on Jan. 1, right before the first Seattle University men's basketball Division I home game in 29 years. Tickets for the KeyArena game are still available at all Ticketmaster locations or by following the links on GoSeattleU.com.