In 1933 he led his Indianapolis Cathedral High team to the National Catholic Prep Title. He was offered a contract directly out of high school to play pro football with the Chicago Bears. However, his real love was basketball. Two of his years in basketball were played with the Goodyear Wingfoots (1936-38). The Wingfoots won the National Basketball League Championship both years. After his Goodyear stint he went on to play 13 more years of pro ball including for three Ft. Wayne Piston Pro World championship teams. He earned All-Pro guard honors eight times and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.