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Niagara Draft Picks
Naismith Basketball Hall
As a basketball player Calvin Murphy had these skills: speed,
of Fame (1993)
quickness, great hands, ball handling skills, great leaping ability and
the shooting eye of an eagle. He had it all — except for height. Only
those who saw Calvin Murphy play
knew how big this 5-9 dynamo was on
NBA All-Rookie Team
the basketball court. Murphy played
(1971)
pressure basketball at both ends of the
court. He was a penetrator premier on
offense who could also stop on a dime
and stick a jump shot with a fl ick of the
wrist. And his defense was aggressive,
a belly-to-belly style that made him a
top-notch defensive player.
NBA All-Time Leaders:
Free Throw Percentage
Player FTM FTA Pct.
1. Mark Price 2,135 2,362 .904
2. Rick Barry 3,818 4,243 .900
3. Steve Nash 1,258 1,409 .893
4. Calvin Murphy 3,445 3,864 .892
5. Scott Skiles 1,548 1,741 .889
Calvin Murphy’s Career NBA Statistics
Gm FG% 3PFG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Stls Blks Pts PPG
1,022 .482 .139 .892 2,103 2.1 4,402 4.4 1,165 51 17,949 17.9
Larry Costello, Baltico (Bo)
Erias, Charlie Hoxie, Ed
Niagara’s Draft Picks
Fleming and Jim McConnell
were the starting fi ve for the
Year Player Team Round
Purple Eagles in 1954 and all
five were drafted following
1948 Ed Kiem Rochester Royals 2
nd
their careers on Monteagle
1948 Paul Yesawich Rochester Royals 9
th
Ridge.
1950 Harry Foley Rochester Royals 10
th
The 1954-55 team posted a
20-6 record. They lost to Hall
1951 Zeke Sinacola Fort Wayne Pistons 1
st
/4
th
overall of Famer Oscar Robertson
1953 Joe Smyth New York Knickerbockers 5
th and the University Cincin-
nati in the National Invita-
1954 Larry Costello Philadelphia Warriors 2
nd
/12
th
overall
tion Tournament, 85-83, at
1954 Bo Erias Rochester Royals 5
th
Madison Square Garden.
1955 Ed Fleming Rochester Royals 3
rd
/18
th
overall
Larry Costello, Baltico (Bo) Erias, Charlie Hoxie,
Ed Fleming and Jim McConnell
1955 Jim McConnell Rochester Royals 12
th

1955 Charlie Hoxie Milwaukee Hawks 13
th
1958 Alex Ellis Minneapolis Lakers 3
rd
/17
th
overall
Joe Arlauckas was the last Purple Eagle to be drafted. Arlauckas
played the 1987-88 season with the Sacramento Kings, averaging
1961 Al Butler Boston Celtics 2
nd
/17
th
overall
3.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He went on to have a
1967 Butch Ervin Philadelphia 76ers 10
th
successful career overseas, playing for Spanish ACB leagaues in
1968 Manny Leaks Detroit Pistons 2
nd
/20
th
overall
Real Madrid, Spain.
1970 Calvin Murphy San Diego Rockets 2
nd
/18
th
overall
1971 Wayne Jones Detroit Pistons 8
th
Former Purple Eagles Who Played Professional Basketball Overseas
1972 Marshall Wingate Philadelphia 76ers 4
th
Brian Clifford Spain Alvin Young Israel
1975 George Rautins Buffalo Braves 9
th
Tremmell Darden Belgium Jermaine Young Holland
1976 Andy Walker New Orleans Jazz 7
th
Daryl Greene Finland David Brooks Turkey
1977 Mike Hanley Buffalo Braves 5
th
Clint Holtz Germany Alvin Cruz Puerto Rico & France
Kevin Jobity Lebanon Juan Mendez Italy
1982 Mike Phillips Denver Nuggets 10
th
Jeremiah Johnson France Clif Brown Isreal
1984 Mike Curran Utah Jazz 10
th Sean Schiano Germany J.R. Duffy Holland
Demond Stewart Belgium Lorenzo Miles Sweden
1987 Joe Arlauckas Sacramento Kings 4
th
Peter Strobl Germany Stanley Hodge Germany
Chris Watson Israel Charron Fisher Serbia
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