Leonard Robert Rosenbluth (born January 22, 1933) is an American former basketball player and All-American at the University of North Carolina, and NBA basketball player. In college, he was Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1957), Consensus first-team All-American (1957), Second-team All-American – AP, UPI, INS (1956), Third-team All-American – NEA, Collier's (1956), ACC Player of the Year (1957), 3× First-team All-ACC (1955–1957), and had his No. 10 retired by UNC.
|Born||January 22, 1933|
the Bronx, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Staunton Military Academy|
|College||North Carolina (1954–1957)|
|NBA draft||1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rosenbluth was born in the Bronx in New York city, and is Jewish. He attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx, and Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia for the 1952-53 school year. He played only eight games in high school.
In his first year of varsity basketball at the University of North Carolina in 1955, the 6’ 5" small forward was the Tar Heels' leading scorer. He was named third team All-America, averaging 25.5 ppg and 11.7 rebounds. In 1956 he also achieved All-America honors, but this time they were split between various first and second team selections. He again led the Tar Heels in scoring with a 26.7 average.
In his senior season in 1957 Rosenbluth averaged 27.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while leading the Tar Heels to a 32–0 record. His regular season performance earned him the Helms Hall of Fame "Collegiate Player of the Year" designation over the University of Kansas's Wilt Chamberlain. Tar Heels went on to defeat Chamberlain's Jayhawks 54–53 in triple overtime for the NCAA Basketball Championship, North Carolina's first, which brought credibility to the fledgling Atlantic Coast Conference. Rosenbluth's scored 20 points in the championship final, was the tournament's overall top scorer at 28.0 ppg, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He was also named the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Male Athlete of the Year.
Rosenbluth has been honored for his athletic achievements while at North Carolina. In 2002, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team as one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He was selected to the "All-Decade Final Four" team for the 1950s. He is in the Helms College Basketball Hall of Fame, is listed by some as one of the "100 Greatest College Players of All-Time", and is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Rosenbluth also received a number of other accolades and awards during his playing career:
- Three-time All-ACC selections (1955–57)
- 1957 ACC Player and Athlete of the Year
- MVP of the '57 ACC Tournament
- All-Tournament at three Dixie Classics.
Until Duke University's Christian Laettner, Rosenbluth was the only collegian to be named NCAA National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, and NCAA regional MVP in the same season.
In the 1957 NBA Draft he was the sixth player chosen, picked by the Philadelphia Warriors. His professional career included a brief stint with the Warriors. He played for them from 1957–59. He played in 82 games, and averaged 4.2 points per game.
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- Carolina On His Mind | Jewish Week
- Greatest Jewish Athletes of All Time | Bleacher Report
- Statistics from www.basketball-reference.com
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