BIO

Born in Gary, Indiana in 1936 – became an All-State basketball player at ROOSEVELT high school while helping that team to the first game in Indians basketball history where two Black teams met for the state basketball championship. Crispus Attucks won that championship game, led by the great Oscar Robertson. I was recruited by the great coach John McLendon to TENNESSEE A&I.

Enjoyed a successful basketball career at A&I where I was a three time All-AMERICAN – help leading Tennessee A&I to three consecutive national NAIA championships in Kansas City, MO. Was a number one draft choice in the NBA in 1959 with the SYRACUSE Nationals for two years – jumped to the (ABL) American Basketball League for one year – New owner George Steinbrenner of the CLEVELAND Pipers. We won the ABL championship. Traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, back to the NBA where I spent three years before being traded to the New York Knicks where I enjoyed much success as a member of two NBA championship teams. After 14 years in the NBA I retired and became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks for three years. My number was retired and hangs in the rafters of Madison Square Garden. I have been inducted into six Halls of Fame.

Re-entered the educational process – became a serious student, receiving a bachelors degree from Cal Poly of Pomona in physical education – masters degree from New York University in Public administration – a doctorate degree in education from Fordham University. Caping this re- entry to education was my appointment as professor of Sports Management at St John’s University for four years.

Studying and evaluating the the TRANSITION of professional athletes compared to my personal adjustment of not playing – I founded SportScope , The Center for the Study and Research of Athletes and Sports in AMERICAN society. Writing – lecturing – teaching – mentoring –

 archiving has been the principal methodologies to comport the importance of education and dreams as pathways to emotional and psychological success.

SPORTSCOPE was one of the progenitors of writing The Athlete Negro (The Awakening) a trilogy that details Black athletes struggle for empowerment – solidarity – community regeneration and a seat at the table of economic decisions making in games where we dominant.

The emergence of The Athlete Negro as a compelling prophetic aspiration, a movie project is being pursued. My independent film company – Fall Back Baby film Productions LLC. Will be producing this novel portrayal of organized power sharing with the consolidation of thoughts, solidarity, and resources. Bank account for the independent film company has been established with Bank of America.