Alan "Al" Seiden (May 1, 1937 – May 3, 2008) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player. He led St. John's University to the 1959 National Invitation Tournament title and later played professionally with the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League.

Seiden was a New York City schoolboy star at Jamaica High School, leading his team to the PSAL title in 1955 as a senior.[1] He chose to stay close to home for college, playing for Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick at St. John's University. Seiden became a star at St. John's, leading the Redmen to two straight National Invitation Tournaments in 1958 and 1959. Seiden averaged 20.4 and 21.9 points per game as a junior and senior and ended his Redmen career with 1,374 points. He served as team captain both seasons[2]

In 1959, Seiden led the Redmen to the NIT title as the unseeded 17–9 squad upset the field to win a tournament that was then seen as prestigious as the NCAA Tournament. Seiden capped his senior season by being named a consensus second team All-American and won the Haggerty Award as the top player in the New York City metro area.[3]

After his college career ended, Seiden was drafted in the second round of the 1959 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks. He failed to make the roster, and played for the next few years in the Eastern Professional Basketball League and in 1961 with the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League.[4]

Seiden died on May 3, 2008 of complications from stroke.[5]

In March 2011, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

References

  1. ^ Jews in Sports
  2. ^ St. John's Centennial site Accessed September 23, 2010
  3. ^ Alfieri, Gus (2006). Lapchick. Lyons Press. ISBN 1-59228-869-3. 
  4. ^ George Vecsey (May 6, 2008). "A Fallen Star of the City Game". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Richard Goldstein (May 5, 2008). "Alan Seiden, a Key to a St. John’s N.I.T. Title, Is Dead at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mesler inducted into Jewish shrine". The Buffalo News. March 27, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.