Nov. 5, 2008
PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh will host a Men's Basketball Alumni Game prior to the Pitt-LaRoche exhibition contest Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Petersen Events Center. Over 45 former players, managers and coaches are expected to attend the event. Former Pitt All-American Charles Smith will serve as host of the event.
The game is part of Pitt's Alumni Men's Basketball Weekend. Alumni Team members will attend and be introduced at Pitt's football game against Louisville at Heinz Field on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Alumni Team members will attend a private brunch between 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in the Campus View Club located on the Petersen Events Center Club Level. The Alumni Game will follow, beginning at 11 a.m. on the Petersen Events Center floor.
The Alumni Game concept began last year as a way to honor the late Bill Baierl, a former Pitt basketball letterman, 1951 Pitt honors graduate and outstanding supporter of Pitt Athletics.
Fans that desire to attend the Alumni Game must have a ticket for the exhibition game. Doors open to the public at 10:30 a.m.
SUNDAY'S EVENT SCHEDULE
Sunday, November 9, 2008, Petersen Events Center
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.--Alumni Brunch, Campus View, PEC Club Level
10:30 a.m.--Doors open to the public
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.--Pre-game warmup
11 a.m.-Noon--Alumni Game
1 p.m.--Men's Basketball Exhibition Game (Pitt vs. LaRoche)
PITT ALUMNI GAME EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS
Following is a list of former players, coaches or managers who are expected to attend the Alumni Game (as of November 5, 2008):
Griffin Abel (1998-2001)
Played in 29 career games at small forward for Pitt...Scored 37 points, finished with 44 rebounds and played 209 minutes over four-year career...Helped guide Pitt to the 2001 Big East Tournament Championship final.
Bernie Artman (1951-54)
Played in 50 games, scored 242 points and grabbed 146 rebounds in his career...Averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a senior...Played for head coach H.C. "Doc" Carlson and Bob Timmons...Graduated from Pitt in 1954.
Played in 123 career games with 29 starts, scored 644 points, grabbed 288 rebounds and finished with 78 assists in four-year Pitt career...Averaged 9.1 points, 3.0 assists and hit 51 3-pointers as a senior in 2007-08...One of three seniors who guided Pitt to the 2008 Big East Tournament title...One of just eight players in school history to play in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and concluded his four-year career with a 101-35 overall record.
Dominic Berardinelli (1975-77)
Played guard at Pitt...1977 Pitt graduate...Teacher at Franklin Regional High School...Serves as an area basketball scout for Marty Blake, Inc.
Currently serves as the Director of Business Operations in the Pitt athletic department...Played on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams and three straight 20-win teams...Guard from Columbia, S.C....2006 Pitt graduate.
Kirk Bruce (1972-75)
Currently serves as Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration at Pitt...Career stats: 902 points (10.9 ppg.), 334 rebounds (4.0 rpg.) and 200 assists in 83 career games...Well-rounded player who led Pitt to an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance and 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74...Led the 1974-75 Pitt team in scoring (497 points and field goal percentage, .499)...Drafted by the ABA's Utah Stars in the 1975 ABA Draft...Scored a career-high 32 points vs. St. Francis in 1974...1975 Pitt graduate...Served as Pitt's women's basketball coach from 1985-98.
Bob Caldwell (1964-67)
Lettered three seasons from 1964-67...Played in 27 career games, scored 40 points and finished career with 15 rebounds...Currently serves as Pitt's Big East official observer.
Lou "Bimbo" Cecconi (1946-50)
Famous for being the basketball player that was hoisted on the shoulders of Ted Geremsky during a game against Westminster in the late 1940s...Head Coach "Doc" Carlson came up with the idea to improve passing angles after watching the Harlem Globetrotters play...Was an outstanding all-around athlete for Pitt as he lettered in both football (1946-49) and basketball (1946-50)...Played in 75 career games with 390 career points (5.2 average)...Served as an assistant football coach at Pitt...1950 Pitt graduate.
John Circa (Manager, 1974-77)
Varsity student manager from 1974-77.
Marc Cica (Manager, 1972-75)
Varsity student manager from 1972-75.
Sam Clancy (1977-81)
Only player in school history to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds...Only player in school history to average 10-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in four consecutive seasons...Three-time All-Region honoree...Three-time All-Eastern Eight selection (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)...Freshman All-America selection in 1977-78...Ranks 13th all-time in NCAA Division I statistics for rebounds (1342)...Holds Pitt school records for most career double-doubles (66), most 10-plus rebound games (78) and most career rebounds (1,342)...Third round NBA draft pick by the Phoenix Suns (1981)...Ranks No. 8 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list...One of only seven players to start all four seasons at Pitt...Won a Gold Medal on the United States' 1979 Pan American Games Team...Played in the NFL as a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts...Served as an NFL assistant coach...Nickname is Sam "Bam" Clancy.
Dean Conomikes (Manager, 1984-88)
Served as team manager under head coach Paul Evans...1988 Pitt graduate.
Played two seasons at Pitt after transferring from East Carolina...Sidelined for the majority of the 2007-08 season with a torn ACL suffered in overtime of the Duke game at Madison Square Garden in December, 2007...Started 48 consecutive games at Pitt prior to the injury...In his two seasons at Pitt, totaled 501 points (10.4 ppg.), 156 rebounds (3.3 rpg.), 124 assists and shot 48 percent from the floor...Over his four-year collegiate career, scored 1,204 points, grabbed 362 rebounds and finished with 293 assists...Philadelphia native and 2008 Pitt graduate.
Joey David (1982-86)
Named Verizon/CoSIDa Academic All-America Second Team member in 1986...Four-year letterwinner from 1982-86...Played in 113 career games with 31 starts, scored 467 points, dished out 187 assists and grabbed 160 rebounds...Played on Pitt's first team in Big East competition...Played for Dr. Roy Chipman...Helped guide Pitt to an NIT berths in 1983-84 and 1985-86...Guided Pitt to an NCAA Tournament appearance and 17-12 record in 1984-85.
Richard Deitrick (1951-54)
Scored 471 points (8.0 ppg.), grabbed 437 rebounds (7.5 rpg.) and played in 59 career games...1954 Pitt graduate.
Chris Dimmack (1998-99)
Played guard at Pitt during the 1998-99 season.
Joe Fenwick (1953-56)
Key player from 1953-56...Saw action in 74 games with 625 points (8.4 ppg.) and 220 rebounds...1956 Pitt graduate.
Rob Greenleaf (Manager, 1988-90)
Served as team manager under head coach Paul Evans...1990 Pitt graduate.
Frank Gustine (1967-68)
One-year letterwinner...1970 Pitt graduate...Saw action in 13 career games.
F. Walter Jones (1941-44)
Pitt captain from 1940-44...Played guard...Played for Head Coach H.C. "Doc" Carlson...Saw action in 41 career games, scored 156 points and averaged 4.2 points per game.
Currently serves as Pitt's Assistant Coach...Named to the 2002-03 Wooden All-America team, one of only 10 players nationwide selected to the squad...Named a 2002-03 Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection...AP Third Team All-America and Sporting News Second Team All-America selection in 2001-02...Two-time consensus All-Region selection (2001-02 and 2002-03)...Named Big East co-Player of the Year, Most Improved Player in 2001-02...Two-time Big East All-Tournament Team selection (2001-02, 2002-03)...Set school records for season assists, career assists, career assists average, career steals, season 3-point field goals made, season 3-point field goal attempts and career 3-point field goal attempts...Led Pitt to the 2001-02 Big East West regular season title, 2002-03 Big East West regular season title and the school's first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003...One of only six players in school history to score 1,000 points and finish with 400 assists in a career.
One of only five players in school history to score 1,000 career points and dish out 400 career assists...Concluded career with 1,642 points (13.0 ppg.), 526 rebounds (4.2 rpg.) and 568 assists in 126 games played...Two-time All-Big East Second Team recipient...Two-time consensus All-Region selection...Named the 2003-04 Big East Most Improved Player...Big East All-Tournament Team selection in 2003-04...Guided Pitt to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and three Big East titles...Concluded career with four-year 104-27 record.
Jerome Lane (1985-88)
Thunderous slam dunk vs. Providence on Jan. 25, 1988 was labeled by ESPN commentator Bill Raftery as the "Night the House Came Down"...Consensus All-America selection in 1987-88 (AP, USBWA, UPI, NABC)...Led the nation in rebounding in 1986-87 with a 13.5 rebounds per game average and was a two-time Big East rebounding statistical champion...Two-time All-Region honoree...Two-time Big East All-Tournament team member...1986-87 All-Big East First Team selection and 1987-88 All-Big East Second Team honoree...Ranks among NCAA Division I all-time leaders for season rebounds (18th, 444)...One of only four Pitt players in school history to record 1,000-points, 600-rebounds and 200-assists in a career...Ranks No. 20 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,217 points)...Elected to leave Pitt for the 1988 NBA Draft following his junior season and was selected in the first round by the Denver Nuggets with 23rd pick...Enjoyed a five-year career in the NBA for several teams including Denver, Milwaukee, Indiana and Cleveland.
John Larkin (1961-64)
Three-year letterwinner who saw action in 28 career games...Played for head coach Robert Timmons...1964 Pitt graduate.
Robert Lovett (1963-66)
Played in 64 career games, scored 715 points (11.2 ppg.), grabbed 393 rebounds (6.1 rpg.) and shot 80 percent from the free throw line...Averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior...Averaged 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior...1966 Pitt graduate.
John Maczuzak (1960-63)
Played center at Pitt from 1960-63...Played for coach Robert Timmons...Played in 49 career games, scored 147 points with 159 rebounds in three-year career.
Milan Markovich (1954-57)
Played guard at Pitt from 1954-57...Helped guide the 1956-57 Pitt team to its second all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and 16-11 record...Played in 51 career games, scored 65 points with 90 rebounds.
Mickey Martin (1971-74)
Played in 66 career games, shot 49.6 percent from the floor (304-613), scored 705 points (10.7 ppg.) and grabbed 288 rebounds (4.4 rpg.) in his career...Two-year starter...Ranked second on team in scoring in both 1972-73 and 1973-74...Key member of the 1973-74 team that finished 25-4 overall and advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight"...Drafted in the fourth round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons (69th overall)...1974 Pitt graduate.
Ron Maser (1958-60)
Played forward from 1958-60...Played on the 1958 NCAA Tournament team that finished 18-7.
Jason Matthews (1987-91)
Ranks among NCAA Division I all-time leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (10th, .457) and career free throw percentage (20th, .878)...Led the Big East in free throw percentage in two seasons (1988-89 and 1989-90) and 3-point percentage (1998-99)...Ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,840 points)...Three-time All-Big East Third Team selection...Selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1987-88...One of the school's top 3-point field goal and free throw shooters as he holds school records for career 3-point field goals made (259), career 3-point field goal percentage (.457) and ranks among school leaders in virtually every free throw and 3-point category...Finished his career with 94 double figure scoring games, good for second place on Pitt's all-time list. He also registered 26 20-plus point scoring games...1991 Pitt graduate.
Chris McNeal (1990-93)
Ranks 30th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,067 points)...Member of Pitt's 20/20 club with a 27 point, 20 rebound performance vs. Boston College on March 3, 1992...One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career...Scored a career-high 30 points vs. Illinois in 1993.
Darren Morningstar (1989-92)
Career statistics: 755 points (7.9 ppg.), 426 rebounds (4.4 rpg.) in 96 games...Started at center in 1991-92 and averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game...Helped guide Pitt to a 21-12 record and NCAA appearance in 1990-91...Big East Student-Athlete of the Year recipient in 1992...Earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1992...Drafted in the Second Round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics...Played two seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.
Dave Progar (Assistant Coach, 1980-83)
Served as an assistant coach for three seasons with Roy Chipman...Helped guide Pitt to two Eastern Eight Tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1980-81 and 1981-82)...Served on coaching staff for Pitt's first-ever Big East team.
George Radosevich (1949-51)
Played two years at center for Pitt from 1949-51...Played for H.C. "Doc" Carlson...Played in 26 career games and scored 95 points.
David Roman (1962-64)
Two-year starting guard...Led Pitt in scoring in 1962-63 with 15.0 points per game while guiding Pitt to a 19-6 record and NCAA Tournament appearance...Averaged 10.8 points per game while leading Pitt to a 17-8 record and first-ever NIT appearance in 1963-64...Career statistics: 629 points (12.6 ppg.), 140 rebounds (2.8 rpg.), shot 48.8 percent from the floor in 50 games...Native of Johnstown, Pa.
Ahmad Shareef (1990-94)
Four-year letterwinner at guard...Saw action in 118 career games with 71 starts...Scored 722 points (6.1 ppg.), finished with 109 assists and 168 rebounds...Helped guide Pitt to three postseason appearances during his career (1991 NCAA, 1992 NIT, 1993 NCAA).
Calvin Sheffield (1961-64)
Lettered three seasons at guard for Pitt...Ranks No. 27 among Pitt's all-time career scoring leaders with 1,115 points...Also concluded career with 15.3 points per game and 289 rebounds (4.0 rpg.)...Helped guide Pitt to two postseason appearances including a 19-6 record and NCAA Tournament berth in 1962-63 and 17-8 record and first-ever NIT berth in 1963-64...Led 1963-64 team with an 18.5 points per game average...Scored 375 points and averaged 16.3 point per game as a sophomore in 1961-62...Wore jersey number 21...Played for Robert Timmons...New Brighton, Pa. native.
Currently serves in the Pitt Athletic department as its assistant director of the life skills program...Guard from Detroit, Mich....Played on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams and contributed to three straight 20-win seasons...2006 Pitt graduate.
Charles Smith (1984-88)
Two-time All-America selection...1988 Big East Player of the Year and two-time All-Big East selection in 1986-87 and 1988-89...Named USBWA Region Player of the Year in 1987-88 and four-time All-Region selection...Listed No. 8 on the Big East's 50 Greatest Players list...Led Pitt to two Big East titles including its first outright regular season title in 1987-88...Member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team and won a Gold Medal with the 1986 World Championship Team in Madrid, Spain...One of only three Pitt players to have their jersey retired...Ranked No. 1 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list with 2,045 points...Freshman All-America selection...First Pitt player ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1988 (3rd pick)...Enjoyed 10-year NBA career with Los Angeles, New York and San Antonio.
Bill Sulkowski (1971-73)
Recently honored by the Varsity Letterman's Club...A dentist...Three-year letterwinner who served as the team's captain as a senior...Played in 44 career games, scored 239 points (5.4 average) and grabbed 123 rebounds...Nickname is "Zeke"...1973 Pitt graduate.
Irv Topp (Manager, 1964)
Served as team manager under head coach Bob Timmons...1965 Pitt graduate.
Ken Wagoner (1971-74)
Played in 75 career games, scored 98 points and grabbed 96 rebounds with 166 assists...Played for head coach Charles "Buzz" Ridl...Played on the 1973-74 team that finished 25-4 overall, won 22 consecutive games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight."
Dwayne Wallace (1978-82)
Nickname is "Dawg"...Two-time Eastern Eight All-Tournament team member (1981 and 1982)...Helped lead Pitt to Eastern Eight Tournament titles in 1981 and 1982...Led Eastern Eight in assists (6.2 apg) and steals (2.4) in 1981-82...Career statistics: 101 games, 2,836 minutes, 944 points (9.3 ppg.), 436 assists, 197 rebounds...Played point guard...1982 Pitt graduate.
Mickey Zernich (1950-53)
Led Pitt in scoring back-to-back seasons (1951-52 and 1952-53)...Career statistics: 845 points (11.9 ppg.), 328 rebounds (4.6 rpg.) in 71 games...Scored over 300-plus points in two seasons (1951-52 and 1952-53)...1953 Pitt graduate.