York Larese

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York Larese
Personal information
Born (1938-07-18)July 18, 1938
New York City, New York
Died February 6, 2016(2016-02-06) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Ann's
(New York City, New York)
College North Carolina (1958–1961)
NBA draft 1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Chicago Packers
Playing career 1961–1969
Position Guard
Number 23, 34
Career history
As player:
1961 Chicago Packers
1961–1962 Philadelphia Warriors
1962–1963 Trenton Colonials
1963–1964 Williamsport Billies
1964–1965 Allentown Jets
1965–1966 Scranton Miners
1966–1969 Hartford Capitols
As coach:
1969–1970 New York Nets
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-AmericanNABC, SN (1961)
  • Third-team All-American – UPI, NEA (1961)
  • Third-team All-American – NABC (1960)
  • 2× Third-team All-American – AP (1959, 1961)
  • 3× First-team All-ACC (1959–1961)
Career NBA statistics
Points 302 (5.3 ppg)
Rebounds 77 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 94 (1.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

York Bruno Larese (July 18, 1938 – February 6, 2016) was an American basketball player and coach. In his childhood, he attended St. Ann's academy (now Archbishop Molloy High School) in Queens.

A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from the University of North Carolina, Larese was drafted by the NBA twice, once by the St. Louis Hawks in 1960, and once by the Chicago Packers a year later (the draft rules in place at the time permitted this). Larese played seven games for the Packers and was traded to the Philadelphia Warriors. Larese participated in Wilt Chamberlain's famous 100-point game. Larese only played for one season (1961–62) in the NBA.

While at North Carolina he led ACC in foul shooting in 1960 at 86.8 percent, including a 21 for 21 effort against Duke, which stands today as the ACC record. He shot 86.8 percent from the free throw line in 1959–60 which was the single-season UNC record for 25 years.[1]

Larese also served as a head coach for one season in the American Basketball Association, in the 1969–70 season with the New York Nets. He died in 2016 at the age of 77.[2]


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