Togo Palazzi

Togo Anthony Palazzi (born August 8, 1932) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals.

Togo Palazzi
Togo Palazzi at NEBBHOF.jpg
Personal information
Born (1932-08-08) August 8, 1932 (age 88)
Union City, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolUnion Hill
(Union City, New Jersey)
CollegeHoly Cross (1951–1954)
NBA draft1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1954–1962
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number12, 6, 17
Career history
19541956Boston Celtics
19561960Syracuse Nationals
1960–1962Scranton Miners
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,382 (7.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,113 (3.4 rpg)
Assists233 (0.7 apg)
Stats at

A 6'4" forward/guard born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, Palazzi played at Union Hill High School, where he was recognized as one of the top prep basketball players nationwide.[1] He played at the College of the Holy Cross in the 1950s and was captain of the Crusaders team that won the 1954 NIT Championship and was named MVP of the tournament.[2]

Palazzi was selected by the Boston Celtics with the fifth pick of the 1954 NBA Draft. He played six seasons in the NBA as a member of the Celtics and Syracuse Nationals and averaged 7.4 points per game in his career. He was a part of the first Celtics championship squad of 1956-57.[3]

He coached the Holy Cross women's team from 1980 to 1985, going 103-28 as coach; he coached them to an NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament appearance in his final year, the first ever appearance by the women's team.[4]

He now gives speeches at basketball camps for young adults interested in basketball. Along with conducting area speeches he is the camp director of the Togo Palazzi/Sterling Recreation Basketball Camp in Sterling, Massachusetts.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Doyle, Bill. "Togo Palazzi a 'coach, mentor, friend'", Telegram & Gazette, February 14, 2015. Accessed November 26, 2019. "Palazzi was named one of the top five high school players in the nation when he played for Union Hill High School in Union City, N.J., the same hometown as his future HC teammates Earle Markey and Tommy Heinsohn."
  2. ^ Jon Goode. No stopping Togo. May 10, 2005. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
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