11.1.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Walsh to Honor Nick Pallotta; Wear Commemorative Patch
Men's Basketball, 2013-11-01
Walsh University will honor one of their all-time greats on November 16, when they pay tribute to Nick Pallotta. Pallotta, the first All-American at Walsh, passed away this past June from complications of Alzheimer's. The Walsh Men's Basketball Team will wear a commemorative patch on their warm-up jerseys the entire season and honor Pallotta in pregame ceremonies on November 16th when they host Wilberforce University at 4 pm.
Pallotta transferred to Walsh from NCAA l Loyola University in 1964, and was instant offense for the Cavs in his two years. He averaged 34.3 ppg as a junior and 25.7 as a senior, and was named Little All-American. The sharp-shooting Pallotta was the first Walsh player to score 1.000 points, and finished his career with 1,279 points (17th all-time).
His transfer to Walsh gave the program, which was still its infancy, instant credibility. He would finish his career with a scoring average of 29.7 ppg, still tops in Walsh history. He is also first in career free throws (391) and career free throw attempts (514).
After graduating from Walsh, Pallotta served as the Athletic Director at the Canton Jewish Center for 45 years.
Nick was part of the first class to be elected to the Walsh Wall of Fame in 1983 and was named as one of the Top 50 Players of All-Time two years ago. He was also selected to the 1960’s All-Decade Team.