The Seton Hall University Pirates basketball program is one of 16 members of the Big East Conference. The smallest school in the conference, the Seton Hall Pirates have had 25 players reach the NBA. Among the best NBA players from Seton Hall are some greatest talents of the early league including a pair of All-Star teammates from the 1951 NBA Championship Royals.
A Hall of Fame guard from the 1950s, Bobby Wanzer was one of the top NBA players from Seton Hall University. Wanzer played for the Rochester Royals from 1948 to 1957, earning spots in five of the first six NBA All-Star Games ever played. He was a part of the Royals’ 1951 championship team, to this day the only title in Sacramento Kings franchise history. In 1951-52, he shot .904 from the free throw line, good for the NBA’s highest single-season free throw percentage until 1957 when his record was topped by Bill Sharman.
Another Hall of Famer from the early Rochester Royals and a teammate of Bobby Wanzer, Bob Davies was one of the best NBA players from Seton Hall. Davies was an All-NBA guard for five seasons in his seven-year career as one of the early league’s top assist men. He led the league in assists once and ranked among the top ten in every season of his career. Davies retired with averages of 14.3 points and 4.9 assists per game as one of the elite players of the early NBA.
Walter Dukes was an All-Star center who played from 1955 to 1963 as one of the best NBA players from Seton Hall University. For five of his eight seasons, Dukes averaged a double-double in points and rebounds, totaling career averages of 10.4 points and 11.3 boards per game. He spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Pistons, adding a season each with the Knicks and Lakers. Dukes was named to the 1960 and 1961 All-Star teams as one of the great rebounders of all-time; he holds the 22nd highest career average in NBA history.
Ed Sadowski played the first four NBA seasons in the league’s existence and is a top NBA player from Seton Hall University. Sadowski averaged 16.5 points per game in the NBA’s inaugural season, good for third in the league. He finished among the top five scorers and field goal percentage leaders in each of the first three seasons of NBA competition.
A current member of the Sacramento Kings franchise, center Samuel Dalembert is the top active NBA player from Seton Hall. Dalembert helped the Pirates reach their fourth ever Sweet Sixteen in 2000 as one of the best shot-blockers in the NCAA. He became the starting center for the 76ers in 2003-04, averaging 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, finishing in the top ten in the latter category. He remained in that role through 2010, swatting a total of 1,132 shots for an average of 1.9 per game, the 26th highest blocks average in NBA history.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Seton Hall University. Basketball-Reference.com