Former University of Scranton men’s basketball standout and Old Forge native Joe Fitt never scored a basket in the John Long Center.
He did, however, score plenty of them at the Royals’ previous home court, the former Scranton Catholic Youth Center (CYC).
Fitt got a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream—to sink a basket at the Long Center while visiting campus today from his home in Long Island.
He gave Royal fans plenty to cheer about during his standout career (1951-1955), pouring in 1560 points, a total that still ranks him 13th on Scranton’s all-time scoring list. He was also named the second recipient of the John ‘Les’ Dickman Award as the Royals’ most valuable player (MVP), one year after his teammate and legendary Scranton head coach Bob Bessoir won the award
On April 14, 1955, Fitt was drafted in the 14th round by the then Milwaukee, now Atlanta Hawks.