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Stanley J. Najeway

From the high school basketball courts of Western Pennsylvania, through that area¹s tough independent leagues, to the challenges of the Southern Conference, Stan Najeway excelled wherever he played. He starred on the 1942 Arnold (PA) High School team that won the Western Pennsylvania championship and was most valuable player on the 1943 squad. Najeway later played independent basketball for the New Kensington (PA) Falcons, and in eight tournaments, Najeway made the all-tournament team each time, was high scorer in four and the most valuable player in three. At Wake Forest University he was a four-year starter. He made the All-Southern Conference and All-North Carolina teams from 1949 to 1951 and was selected one of the 10 Outstanding Players in the South in 1951 along with such standouts as Dick Groat of Duke, Bill Spivey of Kentucky and Mark Workman of West Virginia. In college Najeway was described as "a player without weakness unless it is reluctance to take set shots. He is essentially a hook shot artist gifted at whirling out of a pivot and sinking the ball with sweeping sidearm propulsion . . . with either hand." Najeway was a 40-minute player who was strong on defense and effective at making the breaks which started the Wake Forest offense. Following graduation in 1951, he played one season for the Goodyear Wingfoots before a back injury ended his playing days. In 1988 Najeway was inducted into the Allegheny-Kiski (PA) Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1998 | Basketball