Angelo "Hank" Luisetti
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 Fame coach John Bunn, Luisetti averaged 16.1 points per game. In 1936, Luisetti came to Madison Square Garden, scored 15 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 major 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. Luisetti later led the Olympic Club of San Francisco to a second place finish in the 1941 AAU national tournament.
BornJune 16, 1916 San Francisco, CA
DiedDecember 17, 2002
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