John C. Balczuk
John C. Balczuk
Class: Class of 1976
Sport: Basketball
Enshrined: Inducted October 17, 1998

John was a dangerous swingman for the great Purple Knight basketball teams of the mid-1970's. As a freshman, he finished the year fourth on the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game. At that time, it was the second highest rookie scoring average ever at SMC. Although his average dipped a bit his sophomore season (13.7 ppg), he was second to Hall of Famer Fran Laffin '74 in the team scoring race. As a junior, his average climbed back to 14.2 points per game. In his senior year, however, he exploded for a team-high 20.2 points per game. He finished his career with 1,569 points -- at that time #4 on the all-time scoring list. He was named All-State three times and All-New England twice. During his career he led the Knights to a mark of 60-45 (.571) and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals.

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