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Doctor, Lennie

Leonard Doctor

Doctor played at St. John's University in the 1940s, leading them to the NIT in 1946 and 1947. Named to the second team All-Metropolitan in 1946, Doctor was known for his excellent defensive ability.

Birth and Death Dates:

Career Highlights:
A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, Doctor played at St. John's in the mid-1940s. He joined the basketball team as a junior in 1946, and had an immediate impact, becoming the teamís third leading scorer with 144 points (17th in the Metropolitan area). A starter at both guard and forward, Doctor was named second team All-Metropolitan and averaged 7.1 points per game while appearing in all 22 regular season games.

That year, Doctor started alongside future NBA star Max Zaslofsky in the backcourt while All-America Harry Boykoff starred at center. St. Johnís finished with a 17-5 record and berth in the NIT (National Invitational Tournament). In the first round, St. Johnís played West Virginia and lost, 70-58, despite Doctorís 10 points (second most on the team).

The following year, St. John's remained a strong team with Doctor and Boykoff returning to the starting line-up (Zaslofsky left for the NBA). Hailed for both his offensive and defensive abilities, Doctor finished third on the team with 175 points (8.0 points per game average), and helped lead St. John's to a regular season record of 16-6 and a return to the NIT. They again fell in the first round, however, losing 61-55, to North Carolina State. Doctor was praised for his play in the game, although he was held to only two points.

Brooklyn, New York

Career Dates:
Doctor played guard and forward at St. John's from 1945-1947.

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
Inside Sports Magazine: College Basketball, by Mike Douchant with Jim Nantz (Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1997)
Ronald Encyclopedia of Basketball, edited by William G. Mokray (Ronald Press: 1962)
New York Times, March 10, 1946