Top 10 St. John's alumni of all time
Newsday's Steve Marcus counts down the 10 greatest players to wear a St. John's University uniform.
10. HARRY BOYKOFF
Center, 1942-43, 1945-47
A 6-9 player in the early 1940s? Yes, and All-American Boykoff (fourth from left) led St. John’s University to its first NIT title after scoring 56 points in three games. He set the old Madison Square Garden scoring record with 45 points against St. Joseph’s, and was the first St. John’s player to score 1,000 career points.
9. ALAN SEIDEN
St. John’s cornered the market on guards and Seiden (No. 33) was another terrific one who averaged double-figures every season. He was a model of consistency, averaging 18.3 points over his career. Scored 22 points as unseeded St. John’s defeated Bradley University in overtime of the 1959 NIT title game. May have invented “And one!’’ as he taunted opponents when he drove to the basket.
8. TONY JACKSON
The most valuable player of the National Invitation Tournament in his freshman season, Jackson also grabbed 27 rebounds in one game that season. He averaged 21.1 points and 13.0 rebounds over his career.
7. LLOYD "SUNNY" DOVE
Played the last season under legendary coach Joe Lapchick and the first under legendary coach Lou Carnesecca. He scored 1,576 career points and grabbed 1,036 career boards. He was among the best big men in St. John's history.
6. DICK MCGUIRE
Guard, 1943-44, 1946-49
Averaged only 9.6 points over his career, but was the best player of his day when it came to play making ability, court sense and ball handling. McGwire is enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
5. MALIK SEALY
His 2,403 career points rank second behind Chris Mullin. Broke Mullin's record by scoring in double figures over 102 straight games. Died tragically when his automobile was hit by a drunken driver in 2000.
4. MARK JACKSON
Jackson was the best setup man in school history with 738 assists. He might have been the best point guard in the nation as a junior when he had a then NCAA-record 328 assists. Was the Big East defensive player of the year as a senior.
3. BOB ZAWOLUK
The bygone era produced some great players and Zawoluk was probably the best in that time period. He was the first St. John’s player to average at least 20 points in a season, and still holds the school record for most free throws in a season (208), most points in a game (65) and most field goals in a game (25).
2. WALTER BERRY
Coach Lou Carnesecca’s pick as the all-time best, but a distant second to Mullin because the "Truth" only logged two seasons after transferring from San Jacinto Junior College. Still, a dominating force as he teamed with Mullin and scored 828 points in his senior year. Also a terrific rebounder. National college player of the year for the 1985-86 season.
1. CHRIS MULLIN
Simply, the best. Mullin was already the best player on the floor as a freshman (16.6 points) and evolved into a consensus All-American. Holds school record with 2,440 points and during his career set records for steals, field goals made and free throw percentage. Had a stellar NBA career and would have drawn comparisons to Larry Bird had he played on better teams. Gave his first interview as a college player to Newsday.