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James Radcliff

Basketball (Inducted: 1978-79)


James  Radcliff

Jim Radcliff is regarded by many as the greatest basketball player in Lafayette history, and his achievements and records go a long way in support of that claim. A 6'5" forward, Radcliff came to Lafayette in the fall of 1953, and when he left four years later, he owned a number of season and career records.

A two-time All-American selection, Jim became the first player in modern Lafayette history to score 1,000 career points in three seasons. His 1,059 career points currently ranks him 27th on the all time scoring chart. Radcliff still holds the career mark for rebounds (1,148), and also the season standard, with 450 rebounds during the 1954-55 campaign. The highlight of his varsity career came during the 1956-57 season when the high scoring senior led Lafayette to a 22-5 mark in its first NCAA Tournament appearance.