The Bonnies men’s basketball team of St. Bonaventure University is a solid mid-major program in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bonnies have earned invites to five NCAA Tournaments and they have produced one member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Leading the NBA players from St. Bonaventure University is great center Bob Lanier.
Bob Lanier was the first and only NBA player from St. Bonaventure University to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. A three-time All-American, Lanier averaged 27.6 points and 15.7 rebounds while leading the Bonnies to their only Final Four in 1970. He was the first overall pick in the draft of the same year, joining the Pistons to embark on a fantastic career. In the NBA, Lanier was one of the dominant centers of the 1970s, earning selections to eight All-Star Games and winning the MVP of the 1974 game. He averaged more than 20 points and ten rebounds for his career and he ranks in the top 50 in each category with career totals of 19,248 points and 9,698 boards.
From 1953 to 1960, guard Billy Kenville became one of the top NBA players from St. Bonaventure University. In the NBA, Kenville played three seasons each with the Sixers and Pistons franchises. He was a contributor on the 1955 Syracuse Nationals (Sixers) NBA Championship team. His career averages in the NBA sit at 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
Though all of his professional success came in the ABA, swingman George Carter was one of the best basketball players from St. Bonaventure. Carter was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1967, spending limited time with the team before joining the ABA. Carter averaged more than 18 points per game for five straight seasons in the ABA. He earned a spot on the All-Star team in 1971 with averages of 18.9 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Virginia Squares. In 479 professional games, he totaled 8,683 points, 3,243 boards, and 959 assists.
Forward Freddie Crawford was one of the best NBA players from St. Bonaventure University. Crawford averaged 22.6 points and 10.3 rebounds with the Bonnies and he led them to the first NCAA Tournament in school history in 1961. He was a first round pick by the Knicks in 1964 and spent five years in the league. Crawford had his best season in the NBA in 1968 with the Lakers when he averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game as a part of the west’s representative in the NBA Finals.
Guard Ken Murray was the first ever NBA player from St. Bonaventure University. Murray was the first member of the Bonnies to score 1,000 points in his college career. In 1950-51, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game as one of the NBA’s top rookies. He played three seasons in the league and totaled 1,471 points, 599 rebounds, and 482 assists.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Saint Bonaventure University. Basketball-Reference.com