Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Dynamic Chuck Rolles ('56)

A mercurial 5'6" guard, Chuck Rolles (Cornell '56) set several all-time Cornell records, including the career points mark of 1,253, over his three-year varsity career. A two-time All-Ivy selection, he averaged 23 points per game as a senior for the highest seasonal scoring average ever at Cornell. He also set the single-game scoring record when he recorded 42 points vs. Syracuse in 1956. Overall, in 24 games played by the Big Red during the '56 season, he scored 20 or more points fourteen times and tallied 30 or more eight times. Rolles was second on the team in scoring in 1953-54, helping Cornell to the program's fourth EIBL/Ivy League title and appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Co-captain of the Cornell team as a senior, Rolles was a two-time United Press Small All-America team selection for players under 5-10. Following graduation, Rolles was selected by the Syracuse Nats in the 1956 NBA Draft. He was also invited to tryout for the U.S. Olympic team and participated in the East-West All Star Game on March 31, 1956 at Madison Square Garden alongside the likes of future college basketball hall of famers, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones.

Below, a March 13, 1956 article from the Cornell Daily Sun briefly recaps the career of Chuck Rolles at Cornell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

need to put Bob DeLuca and Steve Cram on this list. They were All-Ivy and leaders on McNeil's 1963-66teams.

Walt Esdaile also earns a place here.