ABA/NBA Black College Players 1948-682018-10-04T19:39:46+00:00

ABA/NBA BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS

1948-68    1968-71    1972-79     1980-2018

1948-68

Year, Player/School, Ht., Pos., Draft, Draft no., Team

1948-64      
Player/SchoolHt.Pos.Draft
Rnd
Draft
No.
Team
1948Henry DeZonie
Clark University
(Fourth black player to sign a pro contract
6-6F/CDayton Rens (NBL)
1950Earl Lloyd
West VA State
1st Black College Player to play in the NBA
6-5 F 9101Washington Capitols
Nat ‘Sweetwater’ Clifton
Xavier, LA
1st Black Player to sign with the Knicks
6-8FNew York Knicks
1951Bob Wilson
West VA State
One of first signees in the NBA
6-4 GMilwaukee Hawks
1954 Ken McBride
Maryland-Eastern Shore
6-3F/GMilwaukee Hawks
1955Robert L. Williams
Florida A&M
6-7FMinneapolis Lakers
1956Bob Hopkins
Grambling State
6-8F/CSyracuse Nationals
1957Sam Jones
North Carolina College
8-time NBA Champs 1959-69
6-4G/F18Boston Celtics
Bob McCoy
Grambling State
6-10C2-2 10 Detroit Pistons
Joel Ingram
Jackson State
6-0GMinneapolis Lakers
Max Jamerson
Kentucky State
7-0C553Philadelphia Warriors
Woody Sauldsberry Jr.
Texas Southern
6-7F/C 553Philadelphia Warriors
1958Bennie Swain
Texas Southern
6-8F 1-77 Boston Celtics
1st Black player to sign with the Celtics
Jim Dew
12-380 Detroit Pistons
Joe Buckhalter
Tennessee State
First TSU Tiger to sign a Pro contract
6-7C 12-481Louis Hawks
1959Dick Barnett
Tennessee State NAIA Champs 1957, 58, 59
6-4G1-4 4Syracuse Nationals
1960Al Attles
North Carolina A&T
6-0G5-7 Philadelphia Warriors
GSW 1975 NBA Champs;
San Francisco Warriors/Head Coach
Howard Mills
Grambling State
11-3 76 New York Knicks
1961Cleo Hill
Winston-Salem State
6-1G1-88St. Louis Hawks
George Finley
Tennessee State
7-0 C 4-335 Detroit Pistons
Rossie Johnson
Tennessee State
5-2 43Cincinnati Royals
Bruce Spraggins
Virginia Union
6-5 F5-647 Philadelphia Warriors
Cleveland Buckner
Jackson State
6-9F/C6-151 New York Knicks
Rex Tippitt
Grambling State
9-581 Syracuse Nationals
Herbert Gray
North Carolina A&T
9-682 St. Louis Hawks
Charles Riley
Winston-Salem State
7-766 St. Louis Hawks
Walter Ward
Hampton Institute
8-3 71Detroit Pistons
1962Zelmo Beatty
Prairie View A&M
6-9C1-3 3St. Louis Hawks
Ben Warley
Tennessee State
6-5F/G 1-66Syracuse Nationals
1962 (cont’d)Porter Meriwether
Tennessee State
6-2 G3-5 21Syracuse Nationals
Charles Hardnett
Grambling State
6-8F/C3-3 19St. Louis Hawks
Jackie Jackson
Virginia Union
6-10F/C 5-741 Philadelphia Warriors
Marvin Trotman
Elizabeth City State
6-6F9-372 St. Louis Hawks
1963Hershell West
Grambling State
2-815 Syracuse Nationals
Waite Bellamy
Florida A&M
6-3F4-632 St. Louis Hawks
Al Santio
Maryland State
6-6 50St. Louis Hawks
Hugh Evans
North Carolina A&T
6-1 G 12-2 79St. Louis Hawks
1964Willis Reed
Grambling State
1964 NAIA Champions
6-10C2-1 8New York Knicks
1969, 71 NBA Champs…2-time MVP
Bobby Joe Edmonds
Tennessee State
6’6 F6-3 3 Baltimore Bullets
1964 (cont’d)Ernest Brock
Virginia State
7-0C6-649 St. Louis Hawks
Maurice McHartley
North Carolina A&T
6-3G/F 7-6 58 St. Louis Hawks
Wally Briggs
North Carolina A&T
10-380Philadelphia 76ers
Frank Stephens
6-10C10-481 St. Louis Hawks
Indiana Pipers (ABA)
Richard Glover
Winston-Salem State
11-286 Baltimore Bullets

1948-64      
Player/SchoolHt.Pos.Draft
Rnd
Draft
No.
Team
1948Henry DeZonie
Clark University
(Fourth black player to sign a pro contract
6-6F/CDayton Rens (NBL)
1950Earl Lloyd
West VA State
1st Black College Player to play in the NBA
6-5 F 9101Washington Capitols
Nat ‘Sweetwater’ Clifton
Xavier, LA
1st Black Player to sign with the Knicks
6-8FNew York Knicks
1951Bob Wilson
West VA State
One of first signees in the NBA
6-4 GMilwaukee Hawks
1954 Ken McBride
Maryland-Eastern Shore
6-3F/GMilwaukee Hawks
1955Robert L. Williams
Florida A&M
6-7FMinneapolis Lakers
1956Bob Hopkins
Grambling State
6-8F/CSyracuse Nationals
1957Sam Jones
North Carolina College
8-time NBA Champs 1959-69
6-4G/F18Boston Celtics
Bob McCoy
Grambling State
6-10C2-2 10 Detroit Pistons
Joel Ingram
Jackson State
6-0GMinneapolis Lakers
Max Jamerson
Kentucky State
7-0C553Philadelphia Warriors
Woody Sauldsberry Jr.
Texas Southern
6-7F/C 553Philadelphia Warriors
1958Bennie Swain
Texas Southern
6-8F 1-77 Boston Celtics
1st Black player to sign with the Celtics
Jim Dew
12-380 Detroit Pistons
Joe Buckhalter
Tennessee State
First TSU Tiger to sign a Pro contract
6-7C 12-481Louis Hawks
1959Dick Barnett
Tennessee State NAIA Champs 1957, 58, 59
6-4G1-4 4Syracuse Nationals
1960Al Attles
North Carolina A&T
6-0G5-7 Philadelphia Warriors
GSW 1975 NBA Champs;
San Francisco Warriors/Head Coach
Howard Mills
Grambling State
11-3 76 New York Knicks
1961Cleo Hill
Winston-Salem State
6-1G1-88St. Louis Hawks
George Finley
Tennessee State
7-0 C 4-335 Detroit Pistons
Rossie Johnson
Tennessee State
5-2 43Cincinnati Royals
Bruce Spraggins
Virginia Union
6-5 F5-647 Philadelphia Warriors
Cleveland Buckner
Jackson State
6-9F/C6-151 New York Knicks
Rex Tippitt
Grambling State
9-581 Syracuse Nationals
Herbert Gray
North Carolina A&T
9-682 St. Louis Hawks
Charles Riley
Winston-Salem State
7-766 St. Louis Hawks
Walter Ward
Hampton Institute
8-3 71Detroit Pistons
1962Zelmo Beatty
Prairie View A&M
6-9C1-3 3St. Louis Hawks
Ben Warley
Tennessee State
6-5F/G 1-66Syracuse Nationals
1962 (cont’d)Porter Meriwether
Tennessee State
6-2 G3-5 21Syracuse Nationals
Charles Hardnett
Grambling State
6-8F/C3-3 19St. Louis Hawks
Jackie Jackson
Virginia Union
6-10F/C 5-741 Philadelphia Warriors
Marvin Trotman
Elizabeth City State
6-6F9-372 St. Louis Hawks
1963Hershell West
Grambling State
2-815 Syracuse Nationals
Waite Bellamy
Florida A&M
6-3F4-632 St. Louis Hawks
Al Santio
Maryland State
6-6 50St. Louis Hawks
Hugh Evans
North Carolina A&T
6-1 G 12-2 79St. Louis Hawks
1964Willis Reed
Grambling State
1964 NAIA Champions
6-10C2-1 8New York Knicks
1969, 71 NBA Champs…2-time MVP
Bobby Joe Edmonds
Tennessee State
6’6 F6-3 3 Baltimore Bullets
1964 (cont’d)Ernest Brock
Virginia State
7-0C6-649 St. Louis Hawks
Maurice McHartley
North Carolina A&T
6-3G/F 7-6 58 St. Louis Hawks
Wally Briggs
North Carolina A&T
10-380Philadelphia 76ers
Frank Stephens
6-10C10-481 St. Louis Hawks
Indiana Pipers (ABA)
Richard Glover
Winston-Salem State
11-286 Baltimore Bullets

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