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Angelo "Hank" Luisetti

Enshrined 1959
Joliet, IL
June 16, 1916 - December 17, 2002

Biography

At a time when the two-handed set shot was the norm, Hank Luisetti developed and popularized an offensive maneuver that few players had ever seen before: the running one-handed shot. While the move raised eyebrows, no one could criticize Luisetti's amazing game. In three spectacular years at Stanford under Hall of Famer John Bunn, Luisetti averaged 16.1 points per game. In 1936, Luisetti came to Madison Square Garden, scored fifteen points, and helped Stanford snap Long Island University's 43-game winning streak. As he left the floor, the LIU crowd gave Hank a standing ovation. In another remarkable display of athleticism, Luisetti became the first college player to score 50 points in a game when Stanford defeated Duquesne, 92-27 on January 1, 1938. When he graduated in 1938, Luisetti was college basketball's all-time leading scorer.

Career Highlights

National championship at Stanford, 1937
Helm's Foundation Player of the Year, 1937, 1938
Two-time All-America, 1937, 1938
Led Stanford to three Pacific Coast Conference championships, 1936, 1937, 1938