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#2 in Seattle University History - Johnny O'Brien
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Release:  12/31/2008
Johnny O'Brien is #2 on the list of Seattle University's...
By Schmar James

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 close to 24 hours 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 is nearing its end.

As voted by the SU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee:

#2 Johnny O’Brien (1950-53)--The all-time leading scorer in Seattle University history by over 800 points, he became the first player in collegiate basketball history to score 1,000 points in a season, tallying 1,051 points in the 1951-52 season . He followed that up with 916 points in 1952-53 to finish his collegiate career with 2,733 points. Along with his brother Ed, he helped Seattle University to a 90-17 record, including berths in the 1951 National Catholic Tournament, the 1952 National Invitational Tournament, and the 1953 NCAA Tournament.  

 

#3 Eddie Miles (1960-63)--Led three SU teams to NCAA post-season play. Attended Jones High in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was a two-time high school All-American. Third-leading scorer in school history with 1,874 points and 23.1 ppg in three years. A good rebounder, he nabbed 476 off the boards, averaging just under six per game. Known as "the Man With the Golden Arm," his jump shot was one of the country's best bets in the early 1960s. First round draft pick by the Detroit Pistons, he played in the NBA for nine years. 

 

#4 Tom Workman (1964-67)--A tenacious inside scorer and rebounding threat, Workman averaged 19.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during his career at Seattle University. He is presently 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,497 career points, averaging 19.2 points per game. He constantly drew contact inside, earning 594 free throw attempts during his career, making 435 of those charity stripe shots. He was a major part of Seattle’s 74-72 victory over Texas Western, Texas Western’s only loss during the 1965-66 season that included an NCAA Championship. A two-time UPI All-West Coast First Team selection, Workman was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the eighth pick in the 1967 NBA Draft.   

 

#5 Clint Richardson (1975-79)--Leading scorer on the most recent SU teams to defeat the University of Washington (78-64 in 1976-77 season) and San Francisco (81-70 in 1975-76 season). Graduated from O'Dea High where he earned Most Valuable Player Award in the state of Washington. Great strength, speed, and leaping ability enabled him to play either guard or forward while only 6' 3" tall. Was first SU player to ever lead his team in scoring for four straight years, averaging 17.5 ppg for his career. Ranks fourth among SU's career scoring leaders with 1823 points registered in 104 games. Drafted by the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers where he was on the NBA championship team in 1982-83. Played eight seasons for the 76ers and the Indiana Pacers. 

 

#6 John Tresvant (1961-64)--Played with Charlie Williams on the 1963-64 team that defeated Oregon State and played UCLA in NCAA post-season play. A hard-nosed rebounder and inside scorer who came to SU from Washington D.C.'s Springarn High after a four-year stint in the Air Force. Averaged 17.9 points and 14.0 rebounds per game to lead the team in both departments in 1963-64. For his career, posted averages of 12.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Holds SU record with 40 rebounds in one game against Montana in 1963. NCAA Western Regional All-Star and UPI All-West Coast second team picks in 1963-64. Drafted by St Louis Hawks and played nine seasons in the NBA, including in a championship series. 

 

#7 Eddie O'Brien (1950-53)--Part of the O’Brien combination that first propelled Seattle University basketball into the national spotlight. During his three-year collegiate career, he never shot less than 71 percent from the free throw line, finishing at 73 percent with 387 free throws. He also scored 1,237 points in 95 career games, averaging 13.0 points per game. In his senior year, he scored 530 points, averaging 16.6 points per game in leading Seattle University to a 29-4 overall record and its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.  

#8 Charlie Brown (1957-59)--Graduate of DuSable High in Chicago where he led his team to a state championship. Starting member on SU's celebrated 1958 Western Regional Championship team with Elgin Baylor, Don Ogorek, and Jim Harney. "Sweet Charlie" was second to Baylor in scoring and rebounding. Hero in 1958 Western Regionals against California when his jump shots tied the game in regulation play and won it in overtime. Named to NCAA All-Tournament first team. Led SU in scoring in 1958-59 and finished with 872 points and 534 rebounds in two years. After school, returned to Chicago where he founded the Windy City Senior Basketball Leagues. 

#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 Oregon State at Corvallis and gave UCLA its toughest game in the 1964 NCAA tournament. Star of Tacoma's Stadium High powerhouse team. Called "Sweet Charlie" because of accurate shot, flashy speed and ball-handling ability. Equally adept at inside/outside/fast break aspects of the game. Capable of shooting jumper from a distance or going to basket at full speed from either side. A constant threat to steal the ball because of quick hands. Led 1964-65 SU team in scoring with 468 points in 23 games for 20.3 ppg. Played six years in the American Basketball League where with Connie Hawkins he led the Pittsburgh Pipers to the league championship in 1968.  

#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 tomorrow, 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.

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