John S. Roosma

John Roosma may have been the most feared of the many weapons that the Passaic High School "Wonder Teams" ever produced. A prolific shooter and scorer, Roosma was a three-time All-State selection under Hall of Fame coach Ernest Blood, leading Passaic to 57 of its 159 consecutive victories and three state championships. As a senior, he scorched opposing defenses for 882 points. In 1921, under General Douglas MacArthur's urgings, Roosma attended the United States Military Academy, and excelled on the Army hardwood where he was a team captain and leader. Playing under Hall of Fame coach Harry Fisher, Roosma scored 1,126 points in 86 games, and is believed to be the first player in college basketball history to score 1,000 points. In 1923, he led the Cadets to an undefeated 17-0 season. Roosma was also selected All-Eastern and All-America three times each.