Frank Selvy

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Frank Selvy
Selvy as a senior at Furman
Personal information
Born (1932-11-09) November 9, 1932 (age 91)
Corbin, Kentucky, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolCorbin (Corbin, Kentucky)
CollegeFurman (1951–1954)
NBA draft1954: 1st round, 1st overall pick
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1954–1964
PositionShooting guard / small forward
Number13, 28, 19, 11, 15, 70
Career history
As player:
1954Baltimore Bullets
19541958Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
1958Minneapolis Lakers
1958–1959New York Knicks
1959Syracuse Nationals
19591964Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
1964–1966Furman (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points6,120 (10.8 ppg)
Rebounds2,097 (3.7 rpg)
Assists1,569 (2.8 apg)
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College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2022

Franklin Delano Selvy (born November 9, 1932) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player who is best known for holding the record for the most points (100) in a Division I college basketball game. Born in Corbin, Kentucky, Selvy was an All-State basketball player at Corbin High School and was a teammate of College Football Hall of Fame inductee Roy Kidd. Selvy was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1954 NBA draft and was a two-time NBA All-Star, playing nine seasons.

Early life[edit]

Selvy attended Corbin High School and was raised in Corbin, Kentucky. He played basketball for Coach Harry Taylor, as did older brother Curt and younger brother Edd.[1]

College career[edit]

After a storied career at Corbin High School, Selvy attended Furman University, where he was two time Southern Conference Player of the Year. Selvy, chose Furman after Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and Western Kentucky's E.A. Diddle refused him a scholarships, due to his then 6'0" height and small frame.[2]

After Selvy grew three inches and was named MVP in the Kentucky East-West all-star game, Kentucky offered a scholarship, but Selvy had committed himself to play at Furman, "I liked Coach Alley," Selvy said. "He came up and talked to my mother. Plus there were two or three guys from Corbin High who came along with me."[2]

In 1951–52, Selvy averaged 24.6 points per game as Furman finished 18–6 under Coach Lyles Alley.[3] In 1952–53, Selvy averaged 29.5 points as Furman finished 21–6.[4]

As a senior in 1953–54, as Furman finished 20–9, Selvy averaged 41.7 points per game, scoring 1,209 total points to lead the NCAA in scoring for the second season in a row.[5]

Overall, in 78 career games, Selvy averaged 32.5 points at Furman.[6]

100-point college game[edit]

Selvy is best remembered for scoring 100 points in a college game for Furman University against Newberry College on February 13, 1954, the only NCAA Division I player ever to do so. (Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College holds the NCAA all-time record for points scored at 138.) Selvy's 100-point game was played towards the end of his final collegiate season on a night that Furman coach Lyles Alley had designated the game "Frank Selvy Night." The special night was planned to garner recognition for Selvy, who was already certain to finish the season leading the nation in scoring and earn first-team All-American honors, two accomplishments he had attained the year before. The game was the first to be broadcast live on television in South Carolina (where Furman is located and where the game was being played) and a large contingent from Selvy's hometown, including his family, had made the six-hour trek just for the occasion. It was actually the first college game his mother saw him play. The instructions from Coach Alley were simply to get the ball to Selvy so he can score as much as possible. Selvy obliged, hitting 41 of 66 field goals and 18 of 22 free throws, his last two points coming on a desperate heave near midcourt at the buzzer. (The game was played well before the introduction of the three-point line; Selvy later estimated that eight or nine of his shots that day would have been three-pointers today.[2]

NBA career[edit]

Selvy was drafted first overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1954 NBA draft. He went on to play nine seasons in the National Basketball Association during the late 1950s and early 1960s, interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army. As a professional, Selvy is mostly known for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, teaming with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. He was twice an NBA All-Star.

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Bullets, Selvy quickly moved to the Milwaukee Hawks on November 28, 1954, as the Baltimore franchise was folded. Selvy was drafted by Milwaukee in the dispersal draft of Baltimore players. Selvy averaged 19.0 points as a rookie as the Hawks finished 29–46 under Red Holzman.[7][8]

The Hawks moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1955–56 and Selvy averaged 11.0 points, as future Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Bob Pettit became the centerpiece of the 33–39 Hawks. Selvy then missed the 1956–57 season to military service. with the U.S. Army.[9]

In 1957–58, Selvy played a reserve role as the St. Louis Hawks captured the 1958 NBA Championship, defeating the Boston Celtics in six games. Selvy missed a ring, as he was traded on February 16, 1958, by the Hawks to the Minneapolis Lakers for Dick Boushka and Terry Rand.[7]

Selvy then played for the New York Knicks in 1958–59, averaging 9.8 points per game.[7]

In 1959–60, Selvy was waived by the Knicks On October 25, 1959, and quickly picked up on October 28, 1959, by the Syracuse Nationals.[7] Then, On December 15, 1959, Selvy was sold by Syracuse to the Minneapolis Lakers. Subsequently, Selvy remained with the Lakers for last five seasons of his career. He averaged 10.7 points for the Lakers in their last season in Minneapolis. In 1960–61, Selvy averaged 10.8 in the first season in Los Angeles, playing alongside Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, as the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals.[7][10]

In 1961–62, the Lakers finished 54–26 as Selvy averaged 14.7 points. They advanced to the 1962 NBA Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games.[11] Selvy averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the Finals.[12]

The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals again in 1962–63, with Selvy averaging 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.[7] They lost to the Celtics in six games, with Selvy averaging 7.5 points in the series.[13]

Selvy averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in his nine-season NBA Career and played in the 1955 & 1962 NBA All-Star Games.[7]

1962 NBA Finals, Game 7[edit]

Selvy's best known game in the NBA is probably Game 7 of the 1962 NBA Finals in which he almost defeated the Celtics. Selvy's Lakers faced a four-point deficit at the hands of Boston Celtics in the final minute of the game's fourth quarter. Selvy proceeded to secure two crucial rebounds and score two baskets in 20 seconds to tie the game at 100. With 5 seconds left, Selvy inbounded the pass at midcourt to Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley, who dribbled to the top of the key. He pump-faked a pass to Jerry West, who was covered, then passed back to an open Selvy in the left corner. “I had one thought in my mind when the ball came to me: ‘Do I take the shot?’ I was wide open,” Hundley recalled. “I thought, ‘If I make it, I’ll be the mayor of L.A. But if I miss, they’ll be riding me out of town on a rail.’ So I elected to pass it to Frank.”[14] However, Selvy lost his chance for the ultimate heroic moment as he missed a 12-foot jump shot right before the buzzer that would have secured the championship for the Lakers had it gone in. The miss sent the game to overtime, where the Celtics prevailed in this, the second of seven NBA Finals match-ups between Boston and Los Angeles over the course of eleven seasons.

Regrettably for Selvy, his missed shot gained even larger significance as those years went by because the Lakers ultimately lost every one of those championship battles with the Celtics, thus magnifying the pain of Los Angeles having lost a golden opportunity, with Selvy's shot, to end that streak of futility before it had even begun. (The Lakers, while still playing in Minneapolis, had lost to the Celtics in the NBA Finals in 1959, as well.)

The player who initially had the ball on that final play was Rod "Hot Rod" Hundley. Selvy's miss, however, meant that Hundley's sacrifice had been for naught and that Hundley would never know if indeed he would have won the championship himself, had he taken the shot he had available. Because of this, Hundley would occasionally call Selvy and, when Selvy answered the phone, Hundley would simply say, "Nice shot!" and then hang up. For his part, Selvy has expressed some degree of irritation at Hundley's teasing.[14]

It was a fairly tough shot because I was almost on the baseline. But I would trade all my points for that last basket.

— Frank Selvy as quoted on

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the NBA with multiple injuries, Selvy joined the Furman basketball staff as an assistant coach in 1964 under his former Coach Lyles Alley.

Selvy was hired to replace Alley as Head Coach at Furman beginning in the 1966–67 season. His Furman teams finished 9–15, 13–14, 9–17 and 13–13 in his four seasons. His brother, Charles Selvy, was a top player on his Furman teams.[15] He was replaced as Head Coach by Joe Williams in 1970. Overall, Selvy led Furman to a 44–59 mark.[16][17][18]

Later, Selvy was employed for 25 years with the St. Joe Paper Company.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league



Regular season[edit]

1954–55 Baltimore 11 39.3 .378 .730 7.0 2.7 22.1
1954–55 Milwaukee 60 37.3 .378 .727 5.3 3.6 18.4
1955–56 St. Louis 17 26.1 .366 .746 3.2 2.1 11.0
1957–58 St. Louis 26 7.5 .193 .563 2.0 .6 2.3
1957–58 Minneapolis 12 19.3 .333 .690 2.9 1.6 6.3
1958–59 New York 68 21.3 .385 .767 3.6 1.4 9.8
1959–60 Syracuse 19 11.4 .383 .646 2.5 1.6 5.4
1959–60 Minneapolis 43 25.4 .396 .763 3.0 1.9 10.7
1960–61 L.A. Lakers 77 28.0 .405 .753 3.9 3.2 10.8
1961–62 L.A. Lakers 79 35.5 .420 .738 5.2 4.8 14.7
1962–63 L.A. Lakers 80* 29.6 .424 .714 3.6 3.5 10.3
1963–64 L.A. Lakers 73 17.6 .378 .639 1.9 2.0 5.5
Career 565 26.4 .394 .728 3.7 2.8 10.8
All-Star 2 15.0 .200 .750 3.5 1.0 3.5


1959 New York 2 21.5 .500 .818 2.0 1.5 14.5
1960 Minneapolis 9 36.7 .359 .705 6.1 3.2 15.7
1961 L.A. Lakers 12* 30.9 .387 .771 3.7 4.2 10.3
1962 L.A. Lakers 13 36.8 .434 .846 5.6 5.0 12.7
1963 L.A. Lakers 13* 24.4 .395 .813 3.5 2.8 7.9
1964 L.A. Lakers 3 23.0 .481 1.000 1.7 2.0 9.3
Career 52 30.9 .403 .786 4.3 3.6 11.3


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Reed, William F. (February 6, 1995). "Man of the Century".
  3. ^ "1951–52 Furman Paladins Schedule and Results". College Basketball at
  4. ^ "1952–53 Furman Paladins Schedule and Results". College Basketball at
  5. ^ "1953–54 Furman Paladins Roster and Stats". College Basketball at
  6. ^ "Frank Selvy College Stats". College Basketball at
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Frank Selvy Stats".
  8. ^ "1954–55 Milwaukee Hawks Roster and Stats".
  9. ^ "1955–56 St. Louis Hawks Roster and Stats".
  10. ^ "1961 NBA Western Division Finals – Los Angeles Lakers vs. St. Louis Hawks".
  11. ^ "1961–62 Los Angeles Lakers Roster and Stats".
  12. ^ "1962 NBA Finals – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics".
  13. ^ "1963 NBA Finals – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics".
  14. ^ a b Farmer, Sam (June 17, 2010), "He missed a shot at changing NBA history", The Los Angeles Times
  15. ^ "Charles Selvy College Stats". College Basketball at
  16. ^ "Frank Selvy Coaching Record". College Basketball at
  17. ^ "1970–71 Furman Paladins Roster and Stats". College Basketball at
  18. ^ "Selvy, Franklin Delano".
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  20. ^ "Frank Selvy". IMDb.
  21. ^ "Furman". Furman.
  22. ^ "Furman To Retire Basketball Great Nield Gordon's Jersey Saturday".
  23. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Eligible Candidates for the Class of 2019".
  24. ^ a b KY, TheTimesTribune com, Corbin (April 17, 2013). "'The Boys From Corbin' come back". The{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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