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October 6, 1936 |
New York City, New York
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Saint Ann's
(New York City, New York)
|College||North Carolina (1955–1958)|
|NBA draft||1958 / Round: 4 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Syracuse Nationals|
|Pro playing career||1958–1959|
Thomas Francis "Tommy" Kearns Jr. (born October 6, 1936) is a retired American basketball player.
Born in New York City, he played collegiately for the University of North Carolina, where he played an integral role on the 1957 National Championship team. In an effort to rattle the 7'-1" Wilt Chamberlain of the University of Kansas in the national championship game, North Carolina coach Frank McGuire sent Kearns out at the start of the game to jump center. Kearns lost the tip-off but proceeded to score 11 points during the game.
He was named first-team All-ACC in 1957 and 1958 and second-team All-America in 1957. Because of his national accolades, Kearns' number 40 was honored by the University of North Carolina and currently hangs in the rafters of the Dean Smith Center.
He played for the Nationals in the NBA for one game. He scored two points during his professional basketball career.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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