Tommy Kearns

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Tommy Kearns
Personal information
Born (1936-10-06) October 6, 1936 (age 81)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
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
Playing career 1958–1959
Position Point guard
Career history
1958–1959 Syracuse Nationals
Career highlights and awards

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-foot 1-inch 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 scored 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 was selected by the Syracuse Nationals in the fourth round (29th pick overall) of the 1958 NBA Draft.

He played for the Nationals in the NBA for one game. He scored two points during his professional basketball career.

In 2000, he played coach Garrick in Finding Forrester, a film directed by Gus Van Sant with Sean Connery and Rob Brown.


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