1-on-1: Big 5 Hall of Famer Stan Pawlak's basketball career

Matt Leon
August 14, 2019 - 3:56 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Stan Pawlak was a star basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He averaged 20.6 points per game during his career with the Quakers — the third highest scoring average in program history. Pawlak graduated in 1966 and in 1973, was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame.

"People I got in with were pretty good, too. I mean when you talk about Larry Cannon (La Salle), Wali Jones (Villanova), Guy Rodgers (Temple) and Cliff Anderson (Saint Joseph's), that's a great class of people, all of whom made a big mark in the Big 5. So I was really proud. I'm in a few Halls of Fame, but that's one of my proudest ones to be in. Especially to be (in) the first class in."

He never played in the NBA, but did get a look from the 76ers in 1967.

"Jack Ramsey, the GM, after the summer league, because I had played so well, he said, 'Hey, we really want you to come to camp.' I did go down to Sixers camp and it probably wasn't the smartest idea again, because they had the entire team returning from that championship team that lost just 13 games. So I didn't look at it that way. I was naive. I went down, it was a great camp, Alex Hannum was the coach."

He impressed but couldn't crack a talented, veteran roster. He would instead go on to play pro ball in the old Eastern Basketball League, dominating there for several years.

Pawlak also enjoyed success as a high school coach in New Jersey and even had a stint coaching in Saudi Arabia.

These days, Pawlak serves as one half of the Penn Quaker radio team (with podcast host KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon).

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