Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Villanova Players by the Number: 11 is for Paul Arizin

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Forward, 1946-1950
If you take professional success into account, there is no doubt that Paul Arizin is the greatest player in Villanova history.  An incredible story, Arizin went from not even being able to make his high school team to being recognized as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  Discovered by coach Al Severance while shooting baskets on campus as a freshman, Arizin matured into collegiate player of the year in 1950.  Perhaps what Arizin is most famous for has nothing to do with any numbers, but for perfecting the jump shot, a staple of the game since he played.  While Villanova doesn't "retire numbers" it is safe to say that Paul Arizin's #11 will never be worn again by a player at Villanova. 

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