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Joe Niland, Class of 1946- Men's Basketball

  • First played on the freshman basketball team in 1939 under Hall of Fame coach and player John Ryback and helped his team capture the Freshman Little Three title
  • During two games in a postseason tournament, he scored 52 points, including a matchup against Notre Dame
  • Hailed as one of the best players in the sport by opposing coaches and was listed highly on most All-Opponent teams, and began gaining nationwide recognition as one of the finest playmakers in the nation
  • Was named to the Assistant coach position in January 1946
  • Fifth member of the men's basketball program inducted in the Hall of Fame

 


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