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Bill Raftery

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Born to Irish immigrants. Attended St. Cecilia High School, earning New Jersey All-State honors in basketball, soccer and baseball. At St. Cecilia, scored a then-state record 827 points as a senior, leading the team to the state championship, and ended his high-school career with 2192 points, which was also a state record. In college, he scored a then-record 370 points as a freshman. Overall at La Salle, he averaged 17.8 points, and led the team to an NIT berth in his senior year. Drafted by the New York Knicks in 1963, but a back injury led to him being cut by the team before ever playing. Sold Chuck Taylor sneakers out of his car trunk. Coached basketball and golf at Fairleigh Dickinson University for five years. Went on to coach basketball at Seton Hall University (1970-82), before leaving for a position as a color analyst for ESPN. Has been an analyst for the New Jersey Nets, as well as for the Big Ten, Big East, ACC and SEC championships, the McDonald's High School All-Star Game, the NIT preseason and finals. Has also served as an analyst for several Champions Tour golf events. Had a triple bypass in 1992. Won a single-event coverage New York Sports Emmy for Game 5 of the 2002 first-round playoff series between the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers. In 2004, won a Victor Sports Award, and the Walter Payton Sweetness Award for a lifetime of community work.



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