St. Bonaventure Men's Basketball Retired Numbers

   Bob Lanier '70


Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1975

Accolades & Stats: 

NCAA All-American (1968, 1969, and 1970)

#1 Pick in the 1970 NBA Draft

Pro Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 1992

Bob Lanier, the 6-foot-11 center with the famous size 22 shoe, led St. Bonaventure to new heights.

In 1967-68, Lanier’s first varsity season, he and his teammates put together an undefeated regular season. The run lasted until the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and a matchup with North Carolina. Still, St. Bonaventure finished 23-2. Lanier averaged 26.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game.

His junior season, Lanier averaged 27.2 points and 15.5 rebounds per outing. In 1969-70, Lanier capped his career with an unparalleled year. Even while being double- and triple-teamed, Lanier averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds per game. Led by its dominant center, St. Bonaventure earned a No. 1 national ranking and made it to the NCAA Final Four. Unfortunately, the season ended in heartbreak as Lanier suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Regional Final game against Villanova.

A consensus All-American twice (1969, 1970), Lanier finished his career as the St. Bonaventure record holder in seven categories: career scoring (2,067 points); career rebounding (1,180); single-game scoring (51 points vs. Seton Hall); single-game rebounding (27 vs. Loyola, Md.); single-season rebounding (416); single-season shooting percentage (.586); and average rebounds in one season (16) in 1969-1970.

The first player chosen in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, Lanier won the NBA Rookie of the Year award and, despite nagging injuries, was an eight-time All-Star over 14 seasons with Detroit and Milwaukee.

Andrew Nicholson '12

Andrew Nicholson, the 6-foot-9 forward from Mississauga, Ontario, is St. Bonaventure’s number two all-time scorer with 2,103 points. His storied four-year career helped lead St. Bonaventure to their first ever Atlantic 10 championship in 2012.

As a freshman in 2008-09, Andrew won the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year award and was also named to the CollegeHoopsNet.com Freshman All-American team. Nicholson led all freshmen nationally in field goal percentage (.602) and blocks (81).

Named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2009-10, Nicholson continued to impress, leading the team and placing seventh among A-10 competition in scoring at 16.4 points per game. Along with grabbing 7 rebounds a game, he moved to third all-time on the Bonaventure blocks list at 136.

Nicholson’s campaign as a Bonnie came to an end after the 2011-12 season, but not before he gave us all a career to remember. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year and All-American Honorable Mention winner lead the Bonnies to a 20-12 record that was capped by an Atlantic-10 Championship. Averaging 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds, Andrew carried the Bonnies to their first NCAA March Madness tournament bid since 1999-2000, where they fell to Florida State, 66-63.

Selected as the 19th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2012 NBA draft, Andrew is currently in his third year in the NBA. #44 brought relevance back to St. Bonaventure basketball, and will remain an icon for the program in years to come. 

 
 

Tom Stith '61 

 
Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 

Accolades & Stats: 

NCAA All-American (1960, 1961) 

2,052 Career Points 

31.5 scoring average in the 1959-60 season

The New York City native is the younger brother to Sam Stith. They are easily the most well-known basketball duo in St. Bonaventure history. 

Tom Stith (#42), blossomed into a prolific scorer and was the Bonnies’ first consensus All-American. A co-captain of the 1960-61 team, Stith had an almost unstoppable hook shot, and won more national attention for the program than any other player up to that time. At the time of his graduation, Tom set the all-time scoring record at St. Bonaventure with 2,052 points over his three years. That total has been surpassed three times, but twice it was by men who played four seasons. Tom still holds the St. Bonaventure record for field goals in a season with 327 and scoring average in a season at 31.5.

The honors he received included: Associated Press All-American (1959-60 and 1960-61); United Press International All-American (1959-60 and 1960-61); Look Magazine All-American (1960-61); Sporting News All-American (1959-60 and 1960-61); Coach and Athlete All-American (1960-61); Coach and Athlete Player of the Year (1960-61); Converse All-American (1959-60 and 1960-61); Helms Foundation All-American (1960-61); Catholic Digest All-American (1960-61); and ECAC All-East (1960-61).

After graduation, Tom went on to play for his hometown New York Knicks in 1961-62. He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.

 

Sam Stith '60

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 

Accolades & Stats: 

Captain of the 1959-60 Men's Basketball Team 

1,112 Career Points 

620 Career Rebounds 

The New York City native is the older brother to Tom Stith. Together, the Stith brothers helped boost St. Bonaventure basketball into the national spotlight. 

Sam Stith (#22), was the catalyst of the defense, who helped initiate the team’s zone defense. He was the consummate “complete” player. Quick to steal the ball, he was the ultimate playmaker and team player.

When the game was on the line, he became the “Go To Guy,” and he seldom disappointed. Stith totaled 1,112 points, 620 rebounds and shot 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. Captain of the 1959-60 team, his play was recognized when his jersey #22 was retired. 

The 1959-60 season was perhaps the most magical for the Stiths. They combined to average an incredible 52 points per game – Sam at 20.5 and Tom at 31.5. The year culminated in a fourth-place finish in the NIT.

Together, the Stiths helped St. Bonaventure to three NIT berths and one NCAA Tournament bid over four years. 

After graduation, Sam Stith went on to play for his hometown New York Knicks. He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1969. 

 

Bill Butler '68

 Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969

Accolades & Stats: 

Captain of the regular season undefeated 1967-68 team

1,462 Career Points 

650 career rebounds 

A 6-foot-3 forward from Washington, D.C., Butler was known for his aggressive play and polish.

Bill Butler, AKA: Butts, was captain of the only St. Bonaventure team (1967-68) to go through a regular season undefeated that culminated in an NCAA Tournament berth.

Butler was selected to Look Magazine’s All-District team that year after averaging 22.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

He finished his career with 1,462 points and 650 rebounds, averaging more than 20 points per game over three seasons. He also scored 34 points during a victory over Canisius.

The Boston Celtics selected Butler in the 1968 NBA Draft.

He was later inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1969. 

 

Fred Crawford '64

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 

Accolades & Stats: 

Captain of the 1962-63 Men's Basketball Team 

1,738 Career Points 

All-East Honors in the 1962-63 season 

Crawford, a prolific scorer, established the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball scoring record for sophomores with 614 points in 1960-61, helping the Bonnies to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

During his three years of varsity competition, Crawford totaled 1,738 points (22.5 per game). He served as captain during the 1962-63 season, and the year after tallied a remarkable 631 points during the 1963-64 campaign. Crawford averaged 26.3 points per game that year and earned All-East Honors.

Despite standing just 6-foot-4, Crawford averaged 10.3 rebounds per game for his career.

Crawford went on to play in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Buffalo Braves and Philadelphia 76ers.

He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1970. 

 

Essie Hollis '78

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988

Accolades & Stats: 

ECAC All-Star Team (1976,1977) 

1,905 Career Points 

977 Career Rebounds

An Erie, Pa., native, Hollis accumulated 1,905 career points, with the 1976-77 season being his best as he averaged 21.8 points per game in leading the Bonnies to the 1977 NIT Championship in his final season with the team.

Hollis enjoyed a tremendously successful career. When he retired, he ranked 5th in career points (1,905), and 2nd in career rebounds (977). 

His 17.5 points per game average over his career, coupled with his career rebounding average of 8.9, merited his selection to the ECAC All-Star Team twice (1976, 1977). Hollis was the co-captain of the NIT Championship team and helped lead the team to 72 wins in his four-year career.

He was a Second Round draft choice of the New Orleans Jazz in 1977, and also played for the Detroit Pistons (1978-79).

Hollis was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1988. His jersey #25 is retired along with Earl Belcher. 

 

Earl Belcher '81 

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991 

Accolades & Stats: 

A-10 Player of the Year (1981) 

Two Time All-Conference First Team (1980, 1981) 

2,077 Career Points 

The 6-foot-6 forward from Syracuse, N.Y., Belcher averaged 20 points per game over his four years with the team, a period in which the club registered 70 wins.

He graduated as the second all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball with 2,077 points (1977-81), he finished his career 15th in career rebounds (650), 3rd all-time in free-throw shooting percentage (.831) and tied for 6th in scoring average (19.9).

A member of the NCAA Tournament team (21-8) in 1978, he also played on the 1979 NIT team.

Since Joining the Atlantic 10 Conference, Belcher is one of only two players to earn All-Conference First Team accolades twice in his career, in 1980 and 1981. Belcher also garnered the A-10 Player of the Year award in 1981.

He was inducted to the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1991. His jersey #25 is retired along with Essie Hollis

 

Ronald Martin '61

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969

Accolades & Stats: 

796 Career Points 

Co-Captain of the School's first NCAA Tournament team in 1960-61 

All-American Honorable Mention

A true point guard, Martin, AKA: Whitey, was a catalyst on St. Bonaventure’s fine teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and is one of the original members of the men’s basketball program's tradition of great guards.

He was the setup man for the Stith brothers and also tallied 796 points over his career.

Martin played on NIT teams his first two seasons and then was a co-captain of the school’s first NCAA Tournament club in 1960-61.

Martin was named to the Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention Team and Catholic Colleges All-American Honorable Mention Team in 1961.

After graduating, Martin rejoined the Stiths, when the New York Knicks drafted him in 1961.

Martin was inducted into St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1969.  

 

Ken Murray, Jr. '51

Inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969 

Accolades & Stats: 

St. Bonaventure University's First 1,000-Point player 

1,090 Career Points 

Sporting News All-American (1950) 

A West Orange, N.J., product, Murray, Jr. was one of the first basketball players to have his jersey retired (#13) at St. Bonaventure University.

He was an All-Little 3 selection for three years in which he totaled 1,090 points over that time and became St. Bonaventure University’s first 1,000-Point player.

He was named Sporting News All-American (1949-50) and First Team Catholic All-American (1949-50).

After his time at St. Bonaventure, Murray went on to play for the Chicago Stags and was named the 1952 NBA Rookie of the Year. He also played for the Fort Wayne Pistons from 1953-54 and the Philadelphia Warriors in 1954-55.

He was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 1969.