Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: The Bob Deluca Recruiting Story

From our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, below an A.P. story from 1962 describes the "scandal" involved in West Point's recruitment of Bob DeLuca (Cornell '66). DeLuca ultimately pulled his commitment from Army and instead opted to attend Cornell. While Deluca never won an Ivy League title at Cornell, he was a multi-year all Ivy League selection and an All American.

Deluca ultimately graduated Cornell in '66 and is now a member of the Big Red's Hall of Fame. His profile in the Cornell Hall of Fame states:
He was a two-time All-Ivy first-team selection as a guard on the men's basketball team, earning the honor in both 1965 and 1966. He also received honorable mention on the Converse All-America team in 1966. DeLuca is one of only three Cornell basketball players to earn All-Ivy basketball first-team honors more than once. He was captain of the 1966 team that went 15-9 and finished second in the Ivy League for the second consecutive season. He graduated ranked eighth on the all-time career points list (956). He had 20 games in which he scored 20 or more points. His best game in a Cornell jersey was in 1966 when he scored 30 points in an 86-77 win over defending Ivy champ Princeton, the Big Red's first win over the Tigers in eight years. DeLuca also scored in double figures in 49 of the 72 games in which he played over his career. He was invited to try out with the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA following his senior season. The former Schenectady, N.Y., resident graduated from Schenectady High School (formerly Linton HS), and he makes his home in Okatie, S.C.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Big Red beat Princeton several times at Barton Hall between 1958-66, including the thriller against Bradley, Thomforde, and Hummer the elder, in January, 1965. As you suggest, Bob DeLuca's big night at Dillon Gym was the Red's first road win in eight years. Unlike now, when the Red has won five of its last seven on Princeton's campus, wins in New Jersey were very hard to come by.

Bob DeLuca could get hot from the outside like few in his era. He would have been a terror from beyond the arc if there had been one.

He combined with the late Steve Cram to give the Red a dynamite inside-out combo.