Jack Foley (basketball)
|No. 21, 7|
April 19, 1939 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|College||Holy Cross (1959–1962)|
|NBA draft||1962 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1963||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
John E. "Jack" Foley (born April 19, 1939) is a retired American professional basketball formerly of the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected in the second round as the 18th pick in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Celtics and spent one season playing in the league. Foley was given the nickname "The Shot" because of his explosive offensive ability.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Foley attended Assumption High School, where he graduated in 1958. He decided to stay close to home when playing college basketball and enrolled at The College of the Holy Cross. Since college freshmen were ineligible to participate on varsity teams, Foley's college career did not officially begin until 1959–60. In his three seasons as a Crusader, he scored so many points that his nickname, "The Shot", was what he was commonly referred to. In his sophomore season, Foley averaged 24.6 points per game (ppg), followed by 26.9 ppg and 33.3 ppg during his junior and senior seasons, respectively. In his senior year of 1961–62, he finished second in the nation in scoring behind Utah's Bill McGill (38.8 ppg). That season, Foley garnered consensus Second Team All-American honors. In addition to his high season scoring averages, Foley also put up big single game numbers. He is the record holder of the two highest scoring games in school history—56 points against Connecticut in 1962 and 55 against Colgate in 1960—as well as having scored 40 or more points five times in his career. Foley became the first player in school history to score 2,000 career points, and his 2,185 points was the most in school history until the early 1980s.
Foley's professional career was not spectacular, especially compared to his college career. He played in five total games for the Celtics in 1962–63, averaging 6.4 points, before being sold to the New York Knicks on January 22, 1963. He then played in six games for the Knicks and averaged 3.5 points. For his career, Foley scored 53 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and recorded 5 assists.