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R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks ago #29719

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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks ago #29740

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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 3 weeks 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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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks ago #29773

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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.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks ago #29775

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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.
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Re: R.I.P. Fuzzy Levane / St. John's Hoop Star 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 3 weeks 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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