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Hank Stein

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Hank Stein

  • Hank Stein

Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
High School: Louisville Flaget (1955)
College: Xavier (1959)

Hank Stein occupies a unique position in the history of Xavier University basketball. He led the Musketeers to their first significant championship when they won the 1959 National Invitation Tournament and he was the school's first player to get All-America recognition.

The 6-foot-3 guard scored 1,144 points in three seasons, averaging 13.5, 15.5 and 13.7. His coach, Jim McCafferty, said he was one of the best pure shooters he'd seen. Stein was a deadly free throw shooter who made 86 percent in his senior year.

Never did he demonstrate his ability under pressure more than in the 1958 NIT when he scored 90 points in four games. Having lost to Dayton twice in the 1957-58 season, Xavier was an underdog when the two teams met in the final at Madison Square Garden.

Stein was the tournament's MVP after scoring 23 points in Xavier's 78-74 overtime victory over the Flyers.

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