Bessoir Duo Headlines Fans' Choices For Men's Basketball All-Time Team

Thousands of votes were cast in the voting for The University of Scranton men's basketball all-time team, and a father-son duo headlines the list of 15 players voted to the team.

Bob Bessoir and his son, Bill, both made the team after nearly 3,000 votes were cast over a 10-day period. Bob was chosen as one of the top forwards in program history before going on to lead the Royals as a coach from 1972-2001, winning 554 games and two national titles (1976 and 1983). Bill was an All-American guard in each of his three seasons as a Royal (1983, 1984, 1985).

Here is the complete men's basketball all-time team, listed in alphabetical order by position, as chosen by fans through online voting:

Guards

Bill Bessoir (1982-85) – Played three seasons as a Royal; 3-time NABC All-American (2nd team in 1983; 1st team in 1984, 1985); 3-time NABC All-Region (1st team in 1983, 1984, 1985); Middle Atlantic Conference MVP (1985); 3-time all-MAC Northern Division (1st team in 1983, 1984, 1985); 1,630 career points (13th in program history); 604 career rebounds (24th in program history); 334 career assists (14th in program history); 104 career steals (18th in program history); 88 career blocks (14th in program history); 666 career made field goals (6th in program history); 298 career made field goals (19th in program history); .774 career free throw percentage (15th in program history).

Al Callejas (1997-01) – all-MAC Freedom (2nd team in 1999); all-Freedom Conference (2nd team in 2000, 1st team in 2001); 1,372 career points (19th in program history); 322 career assists (16th in program history); 225 career made 3-pointers (1st in program history); .483 career 3-point percentage (3rd in program history); 333 career made free throws (12th in program history); .895 career free throw percentage (2nd in program history).

Jason Hoppy (1989-93) – 2-time NABC All-Region (2nd team in 1992, 1st team in 1993); 2-time all-MAC Northeast (1992 & 1993); holds the school's single-season record for field goals made (259 in 1992-93); 1,717 career points (9th in program history); 342 career assists (12th in program history); 154 career steals (t-4th in program history); 674 career field goals made (5th in program history); .501 career field goal percentage (24th in program history); 73 career made 3-pointers (t-23rd in program history); .399 career 3-point percentage (11th in program history); 296 career made free throws (21st in program history); .773 career free throw percentage (16th in program history).

Mark Hutchinson (1980-83) – Played three seasons; all-MAC Northern Division (2nd team in 1983); holds the school's single-season record for assists (215 in 1982-83); holds the school's single-game record for assists (16 vs. Elizabethtown on Feb. 14, 1983); 630 career points; 493 career assists (2nd in program history); 124 career steals (14th in program history); .528 career field goal percentage (10th in program history).

Paul Miernicki (1974-78) – NABC All-Region (3rd team in 1978); Middle Atlantic Conference MVP (1978); all-MAC Northern (1st team in 1975 & 1978, 2nd team in 1976); 1,301 career points (20th in program history); 455 career assists (3rd in program history); 546 career made field goals (14th in program history); .766 career free throw percentage (20th in program history).

Forwards

J.P. Andrejko (1984-88) – NABC All-American (2nd team in 1988); NABC All-Region (2nd team in 1986 & 1987; 1st team in 1988); all-MAC Northern Division (1st team in 1986, 1987, 1988); MAC MVP (1988); 1,731 career points (7th in program history); 737 career rebounds (14th in program history); 95 career steals (25th in program history); 110 career blocks (9th in program history); 665 career field goals made (9th in program history); .525 career field goal percentage (11th in program history); 387 career free throws made (7th in program history); .747 career free throw percentage (24th in program history).

Bob Bessoir (1951-55) – Records of individual regional and national honors unavailable prior to his career; holds the school's single-game record for rebounds (43 vs. King's on March 5, 1955);  1,078 career points (34th in program history); 838 career rebounds (7th in program history); 300 career free throws made (18th in program history).

Jim Dooley (1962-65) – All-Middle Atlantic Conference (2nd team in 1964, 1965); 1,073 career points (35th in program history).

Rhett Jenkins (1965-67) – Played two seasons; All-Middle Atlantic Conference (1st team in 1966, 2nd team in 1967); 1,102 career points (31st in program history); 430 career made free throws (27th in program history); 242 career made free throws (t-30th in program history); .832 career free throw percentage (5th in program history).

Gene Mumford (1968-71) – Played three seasons; NABC All-American (1969, 1971); NABC All-Region (1st team in 1969, 1971); Middle Atlantic Conference MVP (1969, 1970); all-Middle Atlanti Conference (1st team in 1969, 1970, 1971); 1,903 career points (2nd in program history); 540 career rebounds (t-30th in program history; total from one season missing); 222 career assists (29th in program history; total from one season missing); 711 career made field goals (3rd in program history); 481 career made free throws (5th in program history).

Centers

Mickey Banas (1980-84) – NABC All-Region (2nd team in 1982, 1983; 1st team in 1984); all-MAC Northern Division (1st team in 1982, 1983, 1984); 1,649 career points (12th in program history); 953 career rebounds (3rd in program history); 84 career steals (t-28th in program history); 243 career blocks (2nd in program history); 676 career made field goals (4th in program history); .545 career field goal percentage (7th in program history); 297 career made free throws (20th in program history); .754 career field goal percentage (22nd in program history).

Brendan Boken (2012-16) – NABC All-American (3rd team in 2016); NABC All-Region (2nd team in 2015, 1st team in 2016); Landmark Conference Player of the Year (2016); all-Landmark Conference (1st team in 2014, 2015, 2016); 1,911 career points (1st in program history); 837 career rebounds (8th in program history); 221 career assists (30th in program history); 98 career steals (t-20th in program history); 150 career blocks (6th in program history); 710 career field goals made (3rd in program history); .578 career field goal percentage (2nd in program history); 471 career free throws made (5th in program history).

Irv Johnson (1975-78; 79-80) – NABC All-American (1st team in 1977, 1979; 3rd team in 1980); NABC All-Region (1st team in 1977, 1978, 1980); Middle Atlantic Conference MVP (1978); all-MAC Northern Division (1st team in 1977, 1978, 1980); 1,859 career points (3rd in program history); 1,299 career rebounds (1st in program history); 119 career blocks (8th in program history); .564 career field goal percentage (4th in program history); 245 career free throws made (29th in program history).

Ed Kazakavich (1956-59) – Played three seasons; NABC All-American (1959); holds the school's single-game points record (56 vs. King's on Jan. 18, 1958); holds the school's single-season record for free throws made (214 in 1957-58); 1,661 career points (11th in program history); 939 career rebounds (6th in program history); 585 career made field goals (12th in program history); 491 career free throws made (4th in program history).

Bill Witaconis (1961-64) – Played three seasons; NABC All-American (1963); all-Middle Atlantic Conference (1st team in 1962, 1963, 1964); holds school's single-season record for points (723 in 1962-63); holds the school's single-season record for rebounds (416 in 1962-63); 1,712 career points (10th in program history); 989 career rebounds (2nd in program history); 464 career made free throws (8th in program history).

(Editor's note: This team was chosen entirely through fan voting online.)

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