Lennie Rosenbluth

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Lennie Rosenbluth
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Personal information
Born (1933-01-22) January 22, 1933 (age 84)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Staunton Military Academy
(Staunton, Virginia)
College North Carolina (1954–1957)
NBA draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career 1957–1959
Position Small forward
Number 18
Career history
19571959 Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 342
Rebounds 145
Assists 92
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Leonard Robert "Lennie" Rosenbluth (born January 22, 1933) is an American former basketball player and All-American at the University of North Carolina.


Rosenbluth attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia. In his first year of varsity basketball at the University of North Carolina in 1955, the 6’ 5" forward was the Tar Heels' leading scorer. He was named third team All-America, averaging 25.5 ppg and 11.7 rebounds. In 1956 he also achieved All-America honors, but this time they were split between various first and second team selections. He again led the Tar Heels in scoring with a 26.7 average.

In his senior season in 1957 Rosenbluth averaged 27.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while leading the Tar Heels to a 32–0 record. His regular season performance earned him the Helms Hall of Fame "Collegiate Player of the Year" designation over the University of Kansas's Wilt Chamberlain. Tar Heels went on to defeat Chamberlain's Jayhawks 54–53 in triple overtime for the NCAA Basketball Championship, North Carolina's first, which brought credibility to the fledgling Atlantic Coast Conference. Rosenbluth's scored 20 points in the championship final, was the tournament's overall top scorer at 28.0 ppg, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He was also named the ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

Rosenbluth has been honored for his athletic achievements while at North Carolina. In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He was selected to the "All-Decade Final Four" team for the 1950s. He is in the Helms College Basketball Hall of Fame, is listed by some as one of the "100 Greatest College Players of All-Time", and is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Other honors[edit]

Rosenbluth also received a number of other accolades and awards during his playing career:

  • Three-time All-ACC selections (1955–57)
  • 1957 ACC Player and Athlete of the Year
  • MVP of the '57 ACC Tournament
  • All-Tournament at three Dixie Classics.

Until Duke University's Christian Laettner, Rosenbluth was the only collegian to be named NCAA National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, and NCAA regional MVP in the same season.

Rosenbluth holds several UNC records, including most points in a single season (895), and highest single season average (28.0).

His professional career included a brief stint with the Philadelphia Warriors. He was selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 1957 NBA draft and played for them from 1957–59. He played in 82 games, and averaged 4.2 points per game.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics from www.basketball-reference.com
  2. ^ Biographical information from www.jewishsports.net

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