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 eight 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:
#9 Frank Oleynick (1972-75)--Nicknamed “Magic”, Oleynick finished with the fourth-highest scoring average (22.6 ppg) and the sixth-highest career point total (1,696 points) in SU history. In 1973-74, he averaged 25.1 points per game and became just the third sophomore in West Coast Athletic Conference history to be named league MVP. He followed that up by leading the country in free throw percentage, hitting 88.8 percent of his attempts (135-of-152), while averaging 27.3 points per game. He earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition and was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics with the 12th pick in the 1975 NBA Draft.
#10 Charlie Williams (1962-65)--High scoring playmaker on the SU team that defeated
#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
#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
#13 Jawann Oldham (1976-80)--Finished his
#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
#15 Carl Ervin (1976-80)--Teammate of Clint Richardson, Jawann Oldham, and Keith Harrell on the last SU team to beat the
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.