At this year’s Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival on Dec. 6, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honored four legendary figures in intercollegiate athletics with lifetime achievement awards.
One of those was St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, standout basketball star Dennis McDermott. When he completed his college career in 1974, he was the school’s all-time leader in points (1,578), made field goals (629) and made free throws (320).
After racking a number of collegiate honors, including multiple ECAC Weekly All-East Teams, All Mecca Conference Player of the Year and All-Metropolitan Team selections, McDermott was selected by the New York Knicks in the eighth round of the 1974 NBA Draft.
Though he never suited up for the Knicks, he’s been around the game of basketball his entire life. He currently serves as the director of alumni relations at St. Francis.
The other legends honored were former Hofstra star and 10-year NBA veteran Speedy Claxton, longtime collegiate coach Bobby Cremins and national Associated Press college basketball writer Jim O’Connell.