John Irving played forward for the men's basketball team from 1974 to 1977 and is one of only two players to record more than 1,000 points and rebounds in a career (the second is Hall of Famer Bill Thieben).

John scored 1,018 points and grabbed 1,186 rebounds during his three-year career at Hofstra, averaging 13.2 points and 15.4 rebounds per game. He led the team in rebounding in each of his three years and is the last Hofstra player to record a double-digit rebounding average in three consecutive seasons.

John came to Hofstra in 1973 after transferring from the University of Arizona, where he started at center as a freshman. After sitting out the 1973-74 season, John made an impact of Hofstra as he averaged 13.4 points and a nation-leading 15.4 rebounds per game. He was a second team All-East Coast Conference selection and led the team in rebounding in every game, including a season-best 24 versus LIU-C.W. Post.

In 1975-76 John helped the team to its first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance by averaging 12.1 points and 14.6 rebounds per game. He would finish third in the nation in rebounding and once again earn second team All-ECC accolades. John would grab a career-best 28 rebounds versus Long Island University that season and also led the team in field goal percentage (.552).

John was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the ninth round of the 1976 NBA Draft, but opted to return to Hofstra for his senior season. He would help Hofstra return to the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 16.3 rebounds. The 16.3 rebounds narrowly missed leading the nation once again. John was an All-ECC selection once again.

John was a third round selection of the Detroit Pistons in the 1977 NBA Draft, but never played in the league.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, John currently resides in Georgia.