William James Kotsores (September 18, 1924 – June 6, 1971) was an American basketball player best known for his collegiate career at St. John's University in the 1940s. He played on the school's team during the 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons. Each year, the Red Storm advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which at the time was considered the premier men's college basketball postseason tournament. St. John's won the NIT during Kotsores' junior year, and he was named the 1944 NIT Tournament MVP after scoring 40 points in three games. The following year, St. John's failed to repeat at NIT champions, but Kotsores was honored with the Haggerty Award. The Haggerty Award is given annually to the best male collegiate basketball player in the New York City metropolitan area every year since 1935–36. After a soild career at St. John's in which he was twice named an All-American, Kotsores played two seasons in the American Basketball League, one with the Elizabeth Braves and the other with the Bridgeport Newport Steelers.
|Born||September 18, 1924|
New York City, New York
|Died||June 6, 1971 (aged 46)|
Queens, New York
|High school||Andrew Jackson|
(Queens, New York)
|College||St. John's (1943–1945)|
|1948–1949||Bridgeport Newport Steelers|
|Career highlights and awards|
The 1943–44 St. John's Redmen basketball team represented St. John's College of Brooklyn during the 1943–44 NCAA Division I college basketball season. The team was coached by Joseph Lapchick in his eighth year at the school. St. John's home games were played at DeGray Gymnasium in Brooklyn and the old Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.1944 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The consensus 1944 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, The Sporting News, and Pic Magazine.1944 National Invitation Tournament
The 1944 National Invitation Tournament was the 1944 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition.1944–45 St. John's Redmen basketball team
The 1944–45 St. John's Redmen basketball team represented St. John's College of Brooklyn during the 1944–45 NCAA Division I college basketball season. The team was coached by Joseph Lapchick in his ninth year at the school. St. John's home games were played at DeGray Gymnasium in Brooklyn and the old Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.1945 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
The consensus 1945 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Helms Athletic Foundation, Converse, The Sporting News, and Argosy Magazine.Haggerty Award
The Haggerty Award is given to the All-New York Metropolitan NCAA Division I men's college basketball player of the year, presented by the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the Met Basketball Writers Association (MBWA). First presented in 1936, it is arguably the oldest and most prestigious award given to a metropolitan area player. Two schools with previous winners are no longer classified as Division I – CCNY and NYU are now Division III and are therefore ineligible to have future winners.
The award has gone to players from 15 Division I schools. St. John's University in Jamaica, New York has the most at 27, more than twice the 13 awards received by players from number two Seton Hall University.
Three players won the award three times: Jim McMillian from Columbia University (1968–1970), Chris Mullin of St. John's (1983–1985) and Charles Jenkins of Hofstra (2009–2011). McMillian would go on to win the 1972 NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers; Mullin went on to win two Olympic gold medals (1984, 1992) with Team USA, was a five-time NBA All-Star and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011; and Jenkins has played in the NBA and Europe.National Invitation Tournament
The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a men's college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Played at regional sites and at Madison Square Garden (Final Four) in New York City each March and April, it was founded in 1938 and was originally the most prestigious post-season showcase for college basketball.
Over time it became eclipsed by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament – known today informally as "March Madness". The NIT has since been regarded more as a "consolation" tournament for teams that did not receive a berth in the NCAA tournament.A second, much more recent "NIT" tournament is played in November and known as the NIT Season Tip-Off. Formerly the "Preseason NIT", it was founded in 1985. Like the postseason NIT, its final rounds are played at Madison Square Garden. Both tournaments were operated by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA) until 2005, when they were purchased by the NCAA, and the MIBA disbanded.
Unless otherwise qualified, the terms "NIT" or "National Invitation Tournament" refer to the post-season tournament in both common and official use.St. John's Red Storm men's basketball
The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team represents the St. John's University in Queens, New York. The team participates in the Big East Conference. As of the end of the 2018-19 season, St. John's has 1,900 total wins, which put them at #6 on the List of teams with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. Starting in the 2019-20 season, St. John's will be coached by Mike Anderson.
Haggerty Award winners