Draft Lookback: Syracuse in the '50s

Rewind back to the beginning to see those who were chosen by the NBA to elevate themselves from Syracuse University to the pros inside.

In the 1957 NBA Draft, three Syracuse alum were selected. Gary Clark and Vince Cohen each went in the third round while Jim Brown's named was called in the ninth round. All three players were drafted by New York teams, keeping them close to Syracuse University, with the New York Knicks taking Clark and the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) choosing to offer Cohen and Brown professional opportunities.

Two years later in the 1959 NBA Draft, Jon Cincebox was drafted in the third round as yet another addition to the Nationals.

Clark would not compete in the NBA despite being drafted. While on the Orange, he elevated himself in points scored per game each season and finished his time at Syracuse by averaging a double-double. He was an integral part of the Orange getting to and moving forward in the NCAA Tournament.

Cohen turned down his opportunity to play in the NBA to stay at Syracuse University and earn a law degree. He finished in the top 10% of his class and endured racial discrimination to eventually attain a position with the United States Department of Justice.

While on the Orange, Cohen helped Clark and his teammates gain their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

During his time at Syracuse, Cohen also set records at the time for points per game in back-to-back seasons, amounting 18.2 in 1955-56 and breaking that record with 24.2 in the 1956-57 season.

Jim Brown set his sights to football despite averaging a little over 13 points per game in two seasons playing basketball for the Orange.

Competing during his sophomore and junior seasons, he allegedly did not play in basketball in his senior season because Syracuse could not start more than two African American players at the time.

He would create the tradition of #44 for Syracuse football and carry his domination into the NFL as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

At the center position, Cincebox averaged a double-double for his entire career with the Orange. He reached and surpassed the 1,000 threshold in both points and rebounds in three seasons.

Though drafted, Cincebox would not play a game in the NBA, but did compete in the National Industrial Basketball League and later the ABL.

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