Charles "Buddy" Donnelly, 81, the captain and point guard for La Salle's 1952 NIT champions, died Sunday.
Then-freshman Tom Gola was the star and leading scorer for that championship squad, but, in the team picture, Mr. Donnelly is in the middle of the front row, with a basketball in front of him.
"He was a very good player and a real nice guy," said Speedy Morris, the winningest coach in La Salle history.
After graduation, Mr. Donnelly was the player-coach of the Army's Fort Belvoir (Va.) basketball team that included Duke all-American Dick Groat, who went on to baseball fame with the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. The team won the 1953 All-Army Tournament.