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HANK LUISETTI

ALL-AMERICAN
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
1936-1938

Angelo "Hank" Luisetti is considered the originator of the one-handed shot in basketball. In an era that featured the traditional two-handed set shot, Luisetti developed the running one-handed shot and became one of the most dominant players in college basketball history.

Born on June 16, 1916, he entered Stanford University in 1934 and during his sophomore year, Stanford played Long Island University at Madison Square Garden. Stanford ended LIU's 43-game winning streak with a a 45-31 victory as Luisetti scored 15 points displaying his one-handed shot. Within a couple of years, high school and college players throughout the country were abandoning the two-hand set shot for the one-handed shot.

A three-time All-American, Luisetti became the first player to score 50 points in a game on January 1, 1938 versus Duquesne. He compiled a career total of 1,596 points, an average of 16.5 a game, which was a college record at the time.

The Helms Athletic Foundation named him college player of the year in 1937 and 1938 and in a 1950 poll of Associated Press sportswriters he finished second to George Mikan as the best basketball player of the first half century.

While serving in the Navy during World War II, he averaged more than 30 points a game playing for the St. Mary's Pre-Flight School team.

In a brief coaching stint, he coached Stewart Chevrolet of San Francisco to the 1951 AAU national championship.

He died on December 17, 2002.