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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.

Enshrined

1961

Born

September 03, 1900 Passaic, NJ

Died

November 13, 1983

College

Army

Career Stats

3x ALL-AMERICAN
3x ALL-EASTERN SELECTION
1st COLLEGE PLAYER TO
SCORE 1,000 POINTS
3x ALL-STATE SELECTION
3 NEW JERSEY STATE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
MVP WEST POINT'S BASKETBALL
MVP AWARD IS
NAMED AFTER HIM