Albie Grant

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Albie Grant
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Forward / Guard
Personal information
Born October 7, 1943
Manhattan, New York City
Died April 14, 2004(2004-04-14) (aged 60)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
High school Christopher Columbus
(Bronx, New York)
College LIU Brooklyn (1963–1966)
NBA draft 1966 / Round: 9 / Pick: 79th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks

Albert V. "Albie" Grant, Jr. (October 7, 1943 – April 14, 2004)[1] was an American college basketball standout at Long Island University (LIU), professional player for the ABA's New Jersey Americans, school teacher, and medical doctor.

Basketball career[edit]

Grant was a native of Manhattan, New York City.[2] He attended Long Island and played basketball for head coach Roy Rubin. Standing 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m),[3] Grant played the forward position. His career at LIU lasted between 1963–64 and 1965–66, and upon his graduation he was the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,403 points as well as its all-time leading rebounder with 975 (both marks have since been surpassed).[3] During his senior season, Grant averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game,[4] both of which led the team, and at the end of the season he was honored with the Haggerty Award.[2] The award has been given annually since 1935–36 to the top male collegiate basketball player in the greater New York City area. The Blackbirds won their second consecutive Tri-State League championship,[4] and Grant finished his college career with averages of 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.[2] To this day he is still the only player in program history with those combined career averages.[3]

After college, Grant had a cup of coffee in the American Basketball Association while playing for the New Jersey Americans.[5] His professional career was short-lived, however, and he moved on to other things after his time with the Americans.

In 2001, he was part of the inaugural class inducted into the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Later life[edit]

Grant got into teaching at various schools in New York City.[4] The last school he taught at before his death was Manhattan High School.[4] In the 1990s, Grant earned a medical degree from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain.[2]

On April 14, 2004, Grant died at age 60 following complications from diabetes.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rootsweb Social Security Death Index search for Albert Grant. Retrieved on May 26, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Long Island Basketball Great Albie Grant Passes Away". Northeast Conference. April 17, 2004. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hall of Fame: Albie Grant – Induction Class of 2001 – Men's Basketball". LIUAthletics.com. Long Island University. 2001. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Torenli, John (April 23, 2004). "LIU Hoops Icon 'Albie' Grant Dead at 60". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "New Jersey Americans". Remember the ABA. 1999. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2011.