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Kramer, Barry

Barry D. Kramer

Kramer was named All-America while a player at New York University. He played professionally in the NBA and ABA. A member of the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame, Kramer averaged 22.5 per game during his college career.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Nov. 10, 1942

Career Highlights:
In the 1960s while playing at NYU, Kramer was considered one of the best players in the country. In 1962, Barry had a great year. Along with Mark Reiner, he helped lead NYU to a record of 18-4 and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. In the first round, Kramer scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and added 3 assists, as NYU routed UMass 70-50. In the East Regional Semifinal, Barry played a terrific game, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 assist. Unfortunately, NYU lost to Villanova, 79-76. In the East consolation game, Barry concluded a brilliant tournament with another double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds) as NYU beat St. Joseph's, 94-85.

1963 was a terrific season for Kramer. He had the nation's second highest scoring average (29.3) for major colleges, and won the Haggerty Award as the outstanding player in the New York Metropolitan area. He was also named first team All-America by Helms, AP, NEA, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Basketball News, and second team All-America by UPI and Sporting News second team All-America. That year, he led NYU back to the NCAA tournament on the strength of a 17-3 record and No. 9 AP ranking (No. 11 by UPI). Barry made his mark on the tournament in NYU's first round game against Pittsburgh as he scored 37 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had 6 assists in the Violets' 93-83 win. In the East Regional Semifinal, Kramer and NYU faced No. 2 Duke and the National Player of the Year, Art Heyman. Although Kramer outscored Heyman 34-22 (Barry also had 4 rebounds), the Blue Devils defeated the Violets, 81-76. In the East consolation game, Kramer turned in another amazing performance with 29 points and 14 rebounds to top off a great tournament. He was named to the All-East Regional Team after averaging 33.3 points per game. His 100 points was third most in the entire tournament!

In 1964, Kramer was team captain and was named Helms first team All-America, Converse, Sporting News and Basketball News second team All-America, and AP and National Coaches Association third team All-America while leading NYU to a 15-8 record and a berth at the NIT. Kramer averaged 21.3 points per game in the tournament as the Violets finished in fourth place; they lost 72-65 to New Mexico in the semifinals and 60-59 in the consolation game to Army. By the time Kramer left NYU, he held the school record for points in a single game (42), points in a season (657 points) --both in 1963 -- and points in a career (1,667). He was a member of the All-Met first team for three straight years.

In 1964, Kramer was selected by the San Francisco Warriors as the seventh overall pick in the NBA Draft. He began the year with the Warriors, but during the season, was traded to the Knicks (31-49). Barry played in 52 games during the 1964-65 season (his only in the NBA), scored 186 points and grabbed 100 rebounds. In 1969-70, Barry played in 7 games in the ABA for the New York Nets, which finished the season with a record of 39-45 and lost to the Kentucky Colonels in the first round of the playoffs.

Schenectady, New York

Career Dates:
Played forward at NYU, 1962-1964. Kramer played in the NBA with the San Francisco Warriors and the New York Knicks in 1964-65, and in the ABA for the New York Nets in 1969-70.

Physical description:
6'4", 205 pounds

Career Statistics:
In the NBA:
Games: 52
Points: 186
Points Per Game: 3.6

Field Goals Made: 63
Field Goals Attempted: 186
Field Goal Percentage: .339

Free Throws Made: 60
Free Throws Attempted: 84
Free Throw Percentage: .714

Rebounds: 100
Rebounds Per Game: 1.9
Assists: 41
Assists Per Game: 0.8

Personal Fouls: 67
Disqualifications: 1

In the ABA:
Games: 7
Points: 27
Points Per Game: 3.9

Field Goals Made: 10
Field Goals Attempted: 31
Field Goal Percentage: .323

3-Pointers Made: 0
3-Pointers Attempted: 1
3-Point Percentage: 0.000

Free Throws Made: 7
Free Throws Attempted: 8
Free Throw Percentage: .873

Rebounds: 13
Rebounds Per Game: 1.3
Assists: 3
Assists Per Game: 0.4

Personal Fouls: 10
Disqualifications: 0

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