Princeton in the NBA
Nine Princeton alumni have played in the NBA. (Photos courtesy NBA Entertainment)
Steve Goodrich '98 (Far right photo above)
• Played for the Chicago Bulls in 2000-01 and the New Jersey Nets in 2001-02.
Armond Hill '85 (Second from right photo above)
• Played eight seasons, for the Atlanta Hawks from 1976-80, for the Seattle Supersonics from 1980-82, for the San Diego Clippers in 1982, for the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982 and the Hawks from 1982-83.
Brian Taylor '84 (Third from right photo above)
• Played 10 seasons, for the New York Americans of the ABA from 1972-76, for the Kansas City Kings of the NBA in 1976-77, for the Denver Nuggets in 1977-78 and for the San Diego Clippers from 1978-82.
• 1975 and 1976 ABA All-Star
• Led the NBA in 3-pointers made (90) and attempted (239) in 1979-80; led the ABA in 3-point field goal percentage in 1975-76 (.421) and the NBA in 1980-81 (.383).
• Led the ABA in steals (221) and steals per game in 1974-75 (2.8).
• 1974 and 1976 ABA Champion.
Ted Manakas '73
• Played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1973-74.
Geoff Petrie '70 (Second from left photo above)
• Played six seasons for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1970-76.
• All-Star in 1971 and 1974.
• 1971 NBA Rookie of the Year.
• Directed the Sacramento Kings front office from 1994-2013 after two years with Portland.
• 1999 and 2001 NBA Executive of the Year.
John Hummer '70
• Played six seasons, for the Buffalo Braves from 1970-73, for the Chicago Bulls in 1973-74 and for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1974-76.
Bill Bradley '65 (Far left photo above)
• Played 10 seasons for the New York Knicks from 1967-77.
• 1983 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee.
• 1973 All-Star.
• NBA Champion in 1970 and 1973.
Mike Kearns '51
• Played for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1954-55.
Bud Palmer '44
• Played for the New York Knicks (then of the BAA) from 1946-49.
Princeton and the NBA Draft
|1950||Bernie Adams||Philadelphia Warriors||10th|
|1951||Mike Kearns||Philadelphia Warriors||5th (48)|
|1959||Carl Belz||Philadelphia Warriors||9th (62)|
|1960||Jim Brangan||Philadelphia Warriors||6th (47)|
|1962||Pete Campbell||Chicago Zephyrs||10th (79)|
|1965||Bill Bradley||New York Knicks||Territorial (Prior to 1st Rd.)|
|1967||Ed Hummer||Boston Celtics||6th (64)|
|1968||Joe Heiser||Baltimore Bullets||6th (68)|
|1968||John Haarlow||New York Knicks||14th (177)|
|1969||Chris Thomforde||New York Knicks||7th (96)|
|1970||Geoff Petrie||Portland Trail Blazers||1st (8)|
|1970||John Hummer||Buffalo Braves||1st (15)|
|1972||Brian Taylor||Seattle SuperSonics||2nd (23)|
|1972||Reggie Bird||Atlanta Hawks||4th (55)|
|1973||Ted Manakas||Atlanta Hawks||3rd (36)|
|1974||Andy Rimol||Buffalo Braves||10th (170)|
|1975||Tim van Blommesteyn||New York Knicks||9th (153)|
|1976||Armond Hill||Atlanta Hawks||1st (9)|
|1976||Barnes Hauptfuhrer||Houston Rockets||3rd (44)|
|1978||Frank Sowinski||New Jersey Nets||9th (171)|
|1979||Bob Roma||Kansas City Kings||6th (126)|
|1983||Craig Robinson||Philadelphia 76ers||4th (93)|
|1983||Rich Simkus||New Jersey Nets||10th (222)|
|1984||Kevin Mullin||Boston Celtics||4th (93)|
|1984||Billy Ryan||New Jersey Nets||9th (200)|
Seven Princeton alumni were also drafted by the ABA: John Haarlow (1968, Minnesota Pipers), Chris Thomforde (1969, New York Nets), Geoff Petrie (1970, New York Nets), John Hummer (1970, The Floridians), Brian Taylor (1972, New York Nets), Ted Manakas (1973, Utah Stars), Tim van Blommesteyn (1975, Utah Stars).
Princeton Alumni in Europe
Princeton's overseas presence in Europe continues, with Tigers competing professionally every year. Two members of the current coaching staff have also played professionally in Europe, including assistant coaches Brian Earl '99 and and head coach Mitch Henderson '98, who also had a training camp stint with the Atlanta Hawks in 1999.
Here are some of the recent Tigers who have played overseas:
• Jimmy Sherburne '14 (2014-15: VFL AstroStars Bochum, Bundesliga Pro B, Germany)
• Ian Hummer '13 (center photo) (2015-16: BG Göttingen, Basketball Bundesliga, Germany; 2014-15: Nilan Bisons Loimaa, Korisliiga, Finland; 2013-14: Ratiopharm Ulm, Basketball Bundesliga, Germany)
• Judson Wallace '05 (left photo) (2015-present: Arecibo, Puerto Rico; 2014-15: Élan Chalon & Le Mans Sarthe, LNB Pro A, France; 2013-14: Armani Milano, Lega Basket Serie A, Italy; 2011-13: FC Barcelona, Liga ACB, Spain; 2010-11: CB Gran Canaria, Liga ACB, Spain; 2008-10: Benetton Treviso, Lega Basket Serie A, Italy; 2007-08: Orlandina Basket, Lega Basket Serie A, Italy; 2005-07: Eisbaren Bremerhaven, Basketball Bundesliga, Germany)
• Mason Rocca '00 (right photo) (2013-15: Aurora Jesi, Legadue Basket, Italy; 2008-13: Olimpia Milano, Lega Basket Serie A, Italy; 2004-08: Basket Napoli, Italy; 2001-04: Aurora Jesi, Italy; 2000-01: Trenton Shooting Stars, IBL, USA)
The Pete Carril H12 Coaching Tree
During his 29 seasons coaching the Princeton men's basketball team, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril H12 inspired many current coaches in their careers.
• Bill Carmody h75 is the head coach at Holy Cross and has also served as the head coach at Northwestern and Princeton. He is an honorary member of the Princeton Class of 1975.
• Dave Blatt '81 most recently served as the head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team to the NBA Finals in 2015. He was previously the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and the Russian National Team and has coached pro teams in Italy, Russia and Turkey.
• Craig Robinson '83 is the former head coach at Oregon State and a former assistant coach at Northwestern.
• Howard Levy '85 is the head coach at Mercer County Community College and a former Princeton assistant coach.
• Armond Hill '85 is an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers and a former assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Collegiately, he is a former head coach at Columbia and a former Princeton assistant coach.
• Joe Scott '87 is the head coach at Denver and a former head coach at Princeton and Air Force.
• John Thompson III '88 is the head coach at Georgetown and a former head coach at Princeton.
• Chris Mooney '91 is the head coach at Richmond and was formerly the head coach at Air Force.
• Mike Brennan '94 is the head coach at American and a former assistant coach at Georgetown and Princeton.
• Sydney Johnson '97 is the head coach at Fairfield and is a former Princeton head coach.
• Mitch Henderson '98 (above photo left) is the current head coach at Princeton and spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern.
• Brian Earl '99 (above photo center) has been an assistant coach at Princeton since 2007.
• Scott Greenman '06 is an assistant coach at American, a former director of basketball operations at Georgetown and a former assistant coach at Princeton.
• Kyle Koncz '08 is the director of basketball operations at Fairfield.
• Marcus Schroeder '10 is an assistant coach at Saint Mary's in California.
• Pete Carril H12 (above photo right) served as the head coach at Princeton from 1967-96 and received an honorary Princeton degree with the Class of 2012.
Princeton Basketball Alumni's Careers in Sports
Princeton basketball alumni are making their mark off the court as well. A few such alumni are listed below.
• Will Venable '05 was also a standout baseball player at Princeton and was been in the San Diego Padres organization from being selected in the seventh round of the 2005 MLB Draft until being traded to the Texas Rangers during the 2015 season. He made his Major League debut with the Padres on Aug. 29, 2008, and during the 2013 season passed Moe Berg '23 for most games played in the Major Leagues by a Princeton alum (955 through the end of the 2015 season) and hits in the Major Leagues by a Princeton alum (706 through the 2015 season).
• Chris Young '02 also pursued a baseball career, making his MLB debut on Aug. 24, 2004 for the Texas Rangers and helping the Kansas City Royals win the World Series in 2015. He remained with Texas through the 2005 season before moving on to the San Diego Padres, for whom he pitched from 2006-2010. In 2011 and 2012, he pitched for the New York Mets. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners in 2014 before moving on to Kansas City for 2015.
• Steve Mills '81, the current General Manager of the New York Knicks, worked for the NBA from 1983-99, serving his last four years there as the Vice President for Basketball and Player Development. From 1999-2009, he worked at Madison Square Garden, serving as the President and CEO from 2003-09.
• Larry Lucchino '67 was the President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox from 2001-15 after serving in similar capacities with the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles.