Strom was a great scorer at Columbia University in the 1920s and was a two-time All-Ivy League selection.
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In the 1920s, basketball was played at a slower pace. With no shot clock, no ten-second rule (to cross midcourt), a center jump following every basket, and a running clock (causing countless minutes to run off the game clock), stalling was common and scores tended to be in the 20s or 30s as teams would work for the perfect shot.
During this time, Strom was an outstanding scorer for Columbia and in 1923, his first full season of varsity basketball, he finished eighth in scoring in the Ivy League conference (then called the Eastern League), making 6.4 points per game (64 points in ten games. A good frontcourt player who played both forward and center that year, Strom was named second team All-Ivy League and the Lions had a record of 9-7 (5-5 in conference).
The following year, Strom finished second in scoring (to Yale's Sam Pite) with 7.0 points per game and repeated as second team All-Ivy League. As a team, Columbia played a little better, finishing 15-4 (6-4 in conference).
Strom played forward and center at Columbia University from 1922-24.
Use links below to navigate through the basketball section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
Ronald Encyclopedia of Basketball, edited by William G. Mokray (Ronald Press: 1962)
New York Times, March 19, 1923