Joe Ruklick

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Joe Ruklick
Personal information
Born (1938-08-03) August 3, 1938 (age 79)
Princeton, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Princeton (Princeton, Illinois)
College Northwestern (1956–1959)
NBA draft 1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1959–1962
Position Power forward / Center
Number 17
Career history
19591962 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 398 (3.5 ppg)
Rebounds 286 (2.5 rpg)
Assists 48 (0.4 apg)
Stats at

Joseph "Joe" Ruklick (born August 3, 1938) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. The 6'9", 220 lb, center-forward is an alumnus of Princeton High School and Northwestern University.[1]

He is known for giving the final assist to legendary Philadelphia Warriors teammate Wilt Chamberlain in his 100 point game, with a pass in the final minute of the game.[2]

Ruklick also guarded Chamberlain in his (Chamberlain's) first collegiate game. Wilt managed 52 points (still a Kansas single-game record) and 31 rebounds (also a Kansas single-game Record). After Wilt's 100 point performance Ruklick quipped "I held him to 52"


  1. ^ Joe Ruklick, Accessed November 1, 2007.
  2. ^ Berkow, Ira. "PRO BASKETBALL; A Footnote To History After 40 Years", The New York Times, July 2, 2002. Accessed November 1, 2007. "Ruklick's contribution to the record? He threw the pass to Chamberlain with 46 seconds left in the game for the basket that resulted in the 99th and 100th points."

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