Tom Stith

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Tom Stith
No. 8
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1939-01-21)January 21, 1939
Greenville, Virginia
Died June 13, 2010(2010-06-13) (aged 71)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school St. Francis Preparatory
(Brooklyn, New York)
College St. Bonaventure (1958–1961)
NBA draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1962–1966
Career history
1962–1963 New York Knicks
1963–1964 Wilkes-Barre Barons (EPBL)
1964–1966 Allentown Jets (EPBL)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 77
Rebounds 39
Assists 18
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Thomas Alvin Stith (January 21, 1939 – June 13, 2010), born in Greenville County, Virginia, was an American professional basketball player, formerly of the NBA's New York Knicks. A 6' 5" forward, Stith was an All-American at St. Bonaventure University in 1960 and 1961.

Collegiate career[edit]

Stith attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn and committed to St. Bonaventure University, where he and older brother Sam formed a formidable 1-2 punch. The Stith brothers posted a 52.0 points per game combined scoring average for the 1959-1960 season. Tom Stith became St. Bonaventure's first consensus All-American in 1960 and 1961. Stith left St. Bonaventure as the school's all-time leading scorer, ending his career with 2,052 points. Stith finished second in the nation in scoring to Oscar Robertson in 1960, averaging 31.5 points per game, and he then finished third in 1961 with 29.6 points per game.[1]

Professional career[edit]

After completing his collegiate eligibility, Stith was selected by the New York Knicks as the second pick overall in the 1961 NBA Draft, behind Indiana's Walt Bellamy. He made the team and played in 46 games over the 1961–62 seasons. However, Stith contracted tuberculosis only a month into the season, and his NBA career was cut short at 25 games and 3.2 points per game.[2]

Death[edit]

Stith died on June 13, 2010, at the age of 71.[3][4]

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