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R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29719

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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29770

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 Thanks, JSJ. I might have missed the article. Like many I presumed Levane was Jewish, until about 11 years ago, when my daughter played varsity for Sacred Heart, and the best player at Mercy High School was one Katie Levane, Fuzzy's grandaughter. Playing center she was strong and as tough as nails, and I don't believe I ever saw a girls HS player who could get hammered in the paint, and still manage to convert a feathery soft jumper. I believe she played her college ball at St. Anselms.

As head scout, I wonder how prominently he played in the Bellamy/Komives for DeBusschere trade, or the drafting of Bradley, Reed, Frazier, Russell, Jackson, and Stallworth. Awesome basketball days, when a tabletop radio in the kitchen scratching out a passionate regular season game called by a kid named Marv Albert could seem like an epic event. If not an epic event, certainly enough to keep at least one high school kid away from his homework.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29772

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Fuzzy was a big part of the history of St. John's basketball. 


I would strongly our younger fan base suggest buy a copy of Jimmy O'Connell's (St. John's, Class of 1975) book that celebrates the university's flagship sport. 


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 Thanks, JSJ. I might have missed the article. Like many I presumed Levane was Jewish, until about 11 years ago, when my daughter played varsity for Sacred Heart, and the best player at Mercy High School was one Katie Levane, Fuzzy's grandaughter. Playing center she was strong and as tough as nails, and I don't believe I ever saw a girls HS player who could get hammered in the paint, and still manage to convert a feathery soft jumper. I believe she played her college ball at St. Anselms.

As head scout, I wonder how prominently he played in the Bellamy/Komives for DeBusschere trade, or the drafting of Bradley, Reed, Frazier, Russell, Jackson, and Stallworth. Awesome basketball days, when a tabletop radio in the kitchen scratching out a passionate regular season game called by a kid named Marv Albert could seem like an epic event. If not an epic event, certainly enough to keep at least one high school kid away from his homework.
 

I may be wrong, but I think his son played for Syosset High School back in the 1970's.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29775

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 Thanks, JSJ. I might have missed the article. Like many I presumed Levane was Jewish, until about 11 years ago, when my daughter played varsity for Sacred Heart, and the best player at Mercy High School was one Katie Levane, Fuzzy's grandaughter. Playing center she was strong and as tough as nails, and I don't believe I ever saw a girls HS player who could get hammered in the paint, and still manage to convert a feathery soft jumper. I believe she played her college ball at St. Anselms.

As head scout, I wonder how prominently he played in the Bellamy/Komives for DeBusschere trade, or the drafting of Bradley, Reed, Frazier, Russell, Jackson, and Stallworth. Awesome basketball days, when a tabletop radio in the kitchen scratching out a passionate regular season game called by a kid named Marv Albert could seem like an epic event. If not an epic event, certainly enough to keep at least one high school kid away from his homework.
 

I may be wrong, but I think his son played for Syosset High School back in the 1970's.
 

That would make sense, considering Our Lady of Mercy HS is also in Syosset. Levane is a name we don't identify as a St. John's treasure, much like Kevin Loughery for some of our younger fans.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29779

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Beast of the East wrote:
jerseyshorejohnny wrote:
Beast of the East wrote:
 Thanks, JSJ. I might have missed the article. Like many I presumed Levane was Jewish, until about 11 years ago, when my daughter played varsity for Sacred Heart, and the best player at Mercy High School was one Katie Levane, Fuzzy's grandaughter. Playing center she was strong and as tough as nails, and I don't believe I ever saw a girls HS player who could get hammered in the paint, and still manage to convert a feathery soft jumper. I believe she played her college ball at St. Anselms.

As head scout, I wonder how prominently he played in the Bellamy/Komives for DeBusschere trade, or the drafting of Bradley, Reed, Frazier, Russell, Jackson, and Stallworth. Awesome basketball days, when a tabletop radio in the kitchen scratching out a passionate regular season game called by a kid named Marv Albert could seem like an epic event. If not an epic event, certainly enough to keep at least one high school kid away from his homework.
 

I may be wrong, but I think his son played for Syosset High School back in the 1970's.
 

That would make sense, considering Our Lady of Mercy HS is also in Syosset. Levane is a name we don't identify as a St. John's treasure, much like Kevin Loughery for some of our younger fans.
 

Fuzzy Levane's son Larry was an All-Nassau county player in the early 70s at Syosset High. The younger son, Andy, was a year or two behind me at Syosset, which had strong ties to the Knicks. Besides Fuzzy Levane, Connie Simmons also lived in town and was a fixture at pick up games. Simmons was around 6'8" and would routinely block everyone's shots without jumping. Additionally, Norman Ochs, who grew up with Al and Dick McGuire, was a Syosset resident and every once in a while you'd see Dick at high school games.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29783

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We certainly have a rich history which many aren't aware of for a variety of reasons.

 Not only on the court, but off it as well.

Enjoyed ANDREWS previous post.

I had lunch with 3 fellows who played for St. John's "back in the day" earlier this week.

Two of them had Doctorates and are college professors.

The other was a member of Skull and Circle (the most prestigious honor society at St. John's College).

All three were excellent basketball players for Coach Lapchick.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29802

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You are right jersey, we have such a rich history which most people are oblivious to. SJU basketball, and the many people associated with it thru out history have contributed greatly to the game of basketball, but for some reason the administration has a hard time "bragging" about itself. Is this a Vincentian thing??? or is it just lousy,inept marketing?? I believe its the latter!!!





 
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 2 years 5 months ago #29814

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If it was up to me, every freshman would receive a copy of Jimmy O'Connell's book.

I would also send it to every high school coach in NYC and L.I.

Believe it or not, I was telling a high school varsity basketball coach in NYC (a well known Catholic high school) about Frank Alagia and he had no idea who I was talking about (and his sister went to St. John's no less !).

It's not like Frankie played in the 1940's.

I mailed him a copy of Jimmy's book the next day. 

Also, while I think of it, I would strongly urge everyone, who can, to attend the cocktail party and dinner at The Lou Carnesecca Golf Outing on June 4 at North Hempstead.

I believe it costs $250 per person.

It's also a great way to network with fellow grads and have a great time speaking with many former players and coaches.

Trust me, you will not regret spending the money. It's an event that you will be talking about for years to come.

Anytime I go these events I walk away proud that I'm (a small part) part of the university. I'm 100% certain you will as well.

Let's all celebrate our tradition.  
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