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JIM DAVIS '62
Induction Class of 2001



A native of Woodmere, N.Y., Jim Davis played basketball at Harpur College from 1958-62. He earned his bachelor's degree in English in 1962 and received his master's degree in English from the College in 1964.

A 6-foot-3 forward with a deft shooting touch, Davis became the school's all-time scoring leader in his final collegiate game, and his 1,092 career points represented the most in the program's first 24 years. His 17.9 scoring average ranked sixth all-time in 55 years of basketball at Binghamton.

As a junior, Davis led Harpur to its best season in more than a decade, averaging 22.9 points per game for the 11-6 Colonials. His scoring average was among the nation's top-25 for College Division teams and ranked second in program history.

Davis scored in double figures all 17 games in 1960-61 and was named team MVP and Harpur's "Athlete of the Year." In his final season, Davis led the Colonials to a 14-3 mark still the highest win percentage in program history. In addition to his 17.3 points per game, Davis pulled down an average of 12.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks second all-time. Had rebounds been tracked during his first three collegiate seasons, Davis assuredly would have been among the career leaders in that category as well.

A two-time team captain, scoring leader and team MVP, Davis produced double-digit points in 51 of 61 career games, and he still appears among the top-10 in eight statistical categories.

Prior to his arrival at Harpur, the basketball team had won three games in three years. Davis-led teams matched that total in 1958-59, doubled it the next year, and went on to a 25-9 cumulative record in his final two collegiate seasons.


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