Bill Kotsores

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Bill Kotsores
Personal information
Born September 18, 1924
New York City, New York
Died June 1971 (aged 46)
Nationality American
Career information
High school Andrew Jackson
(Queens, New York)
College St. John's (1943–1945)
Position Forward
Career highlights and awards

William "Bill" Kotsores (September 18, 1924 – June 1971)[1] was an American basketball player best known for his collegiate career at St. John's University in the 1940s. He played on the school's team during the 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons.[2] Each year, the Red Storm advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which at the time was considered the premier men's college basketball postseason tournament. St. John's won the NIT during Kotsores' junior year, and he was named the 1944 NIT Tournament MVP after scoring 40 points in three games.[2][3] The following year, St. John's failed to repeat at NIT champions, but Kotsores was honored with the Haggerty Award.[4] The Haggerty Award is given annually to the best male collegiate basketball player in the New York City metropolitan area every year since 1935–36. Despite a soild career at St. John's in which he was twice named an All-American, Kotsores never played professionally.


  1. ^ Rootsweb Social Security Death Index search for William Kotsores. Retrieved on May 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "St. John's Men's Basketball History". St. John's University. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 11, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1943–44 season summary". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "St. John's Basketball: Teams Of Tradition". St. John's University. December 6, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2011.