Nat Holman

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Nat Holman

Nat Holman (born October 19, 1896 in New York City , † February 12, 1995 there ) was an American basketball player . He was a star player at New York University and played professionally for the Original Celtics in his 20s . The 1.80 m tall Holman was considered the prototype of the point guard , according to whose style of play the position was defined. Even before his professional career, Holman trained at the City College of New York (CCNY), which he led in 1950 to win the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship and the National Invitation Tournament . To date, no other coach has succeeded. A year later, the national college basketball point shaving scandal began at CCNY. Although no wrongdoing on his part has been proven, the college scaled back the athletic program and temporarily suspended Holman.

Holman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on October 1, 1964 . When the best players of the first half of the 20th century were chosen in the 1950s, Holman was third behind George Mikan and Hank Luisetti .

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