Friday, November 27, 2015

Drexel's Givens Joins The City's Elite

Drexel's Samme Givens joined the city's 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club.

Drexel's Givens Joins The City's Elite

Samme Givens (left) celebrates with teammate Dartaye Ruffin and the crowd after Wednesday´s game ( Charles Fox / Staff Photographer )<br />
Samme Givens (left) celebrates with teammate Dartaye Ruffin and the crowd after Wednesday's game ( Charles Fox / Staff Photographer )

Congratulations to Drexel's Samme Givens, who on Wednesday joined the list of city Division I players that have reached 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. He is the third Drexel player to do so, the 22nd overall.

He follows on the heels of the Sixers' Lavoy Allen, who joined the club last year. In fact, the last four players to do it have been from Temple or Drexel. Penn, on the other hand, has just two players on the list, both from the 1950s.

Here is the 1,000/1,000 club listed in order of the players' final collegiate season:






 Ernie Beck  Penn 1953  6-  4  82      1827      1557 
 Tom Gola  La Salle 1955  6-  7     118  2461  2201 
 Jack Devine  Villanova 1955  6-  4  113  1263  1181 
 Barton Leach  Penn 1955  6-  5  73  1033  1066 
 Bill Lynch  Saint Joseph's     1956  6-  6  94  1079  1107 
 Jay Norman  Temple 1958  6-  3  89  1024  1017 
 Jim Washington      Villanova 1965  6-  7  85  1146  1194 
 Jim Williams  Temple 1966  6-  8  77  1306  1031 
 Cliff Anderson  Saint Joseph's 1967  6-  4  84  1728  1228 
 John Baum  Temple 1969  6-  5  86  1544  1042 
 Howard Porter  Villanova 1971  6-  8  89  2026  1317 
 Mike Bantom  Saint Joseph's 1973  6-  9  84  1684  1151 
 Bob Stephens  Drexel 1979  6-  8  99  1612  1316 
 Michael Brooks  La Salle 1980  6-  7  114  2628  1372 
 Ed Pinckney  Villanova 1985  6-  9  129  1865  1107 
 Harold Pressley  Villanova 1986  6-  8  135  1572  1016 
 Lionel Simmons  La Salle 1990  6-  7  131  3217  1429 
 Carlin Warley  Saint Joseph's 1995  6-  7  114  1480  1138 
 Malik Rose  Drexel 1996  6-  7  120  2024  1514 
 Kevin Lyde  Temple 2002  6-10  133  1188  1006 
 Lavoy Allen  Temple 2011  6-  9  135  1421  1147 
 Samme Givens  Drexel 2012  6-  5  121  1146  1000 
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