Wilt Chamberlain, Overbrook HS

The GREATEST basketball player that ever lived. After attending Overbrook, he played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain is the only player to score 100 points in a game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won 7 scoring, 11 rebounding, 9 FG% titles and led the league in assists once. Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished seven times. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.

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Cliff Anderson, Edison HS

Anderson Earned All-America honors his senior year (1966-67). He is St. Joseph's all-time leader in career rebounds (1,228) and career rebounding average (15.5). While on City Ave, Anderson was a three-time All-Big 5 First Team selection. He still ranks sixth in career scoring with 1,728 points and still holds the SJU season records for scoring average (26.5), rebounds (450), rebound average (15.5), field goals attempted (605), free throws made (204) and attempted (279). His 32 rebounds vs. La Salle on February 26, 1967 is the second-best effort in school history and is the school record vs. a Division I opponent. Anderson was a first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pipers of the ABA in 1967. He had a four-year NBA career with four different teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Wayne Hightower, Overbrook HS

Hightower was an Philadelphia-based professional basketball player who had a long and productive career in the NBA and ABA, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Following in the footsteps of Wilt Chamberlain, Hightower starred at Overbrook HS. He was a 6'8" power forwar and Center. After graduating from Kansas University, Hightower played overseas in Spain. He signed with Real Madrid and led the Spanish League in scoring that season. He was taken with the number 7 pick in the 1962 NBA draft, by the San Francisco Warriors, with whom he played for 3 seasons. The pinnacle of his NBA career came with the Warriors, he reached the 1964 NBA Finals. That season, Hightower averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

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A Philadelphia Basketball Player

For over a century, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has produced some of the toughest and most competitive basketball players in the world. Known first and foremost for making winning plays, Philly ballers never give an inch. They are in your face defensively, they consider every loose ball theirs and if there's no blood, there no foul.

Beginning in the 1920s with Black Basketball Hall of Famer, Charles "Tarzan" Cooper, Philly started sending out players to conquer the basketball world. Zack Clayton, Frank Washington, Jackie Moore, Fred Douglas and John Chaney further entrenched Philly's reputation as a breeding ground for elite basketball players.

Claude Gross, Ray Scott and Tee Parham tried mightly to compete with the greatest player the world has ever known. Wilt Chamberlain's emergence on the stage solidified Philadelphia as the basketball mecca.

Guy Rogers, Wayne Hightower, Earl Monroe, Wali Jones, Cliff Anderson, Mike Bantom and others would carry the legacy forward through the 1960s. Gene Banks, Andre McCarter, Chubby Cox, Lewis Lloyd, Horace Owens, Michael Brooks, Clarence Tillman and others kept Philly at the forefront of the national scene in the 1970s.

The Black Basketball Hall of Fame seeks to share the great history of Philadelphia's basketball giants with contemporary players, coaches and fans of the city game. We also help organizations, clubs and schools interested in working with Hall of Famers. Members are available to make presentations and conduct small group sessions with youth serving organizations. Finally, the Black Basketball Hall of Fame sponsors youth tournaments and activities aimed at improving educational opportunities.

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