Hank Luisetti

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Hank Luisetti (right) and Jimmy McNatt

Angelo "Hank" Luisetti (born June 16, 1916 in San Francisco , California , † December 17, 2002 in San Mateo , California) was an American basketball player . He was a key figure in the development of the one-handed jump shot , an important part of modern basketball. Luisetti played in the 1930s and 1940s and is one of the best players of the pre- NBA era. He was six feet tall and played in the forward position .

With his novel throwing technique, Luisetti dominated college basketball in the late 30s. Thanks to Luisetti, his team, the Stanford Cardinals , defeated the 47-game long undefeated Long Island University of coach Clair Bee . On January 1, 1938, he threw 50 points in a game, becoming the first player in the history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). When journalists voted for the best player of the first half of the 20th century, Luisetti finished second behind George Mikan .

In 1959, Luisetti was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for career achievement .

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