PLAYER PROFILE

WILLIE SCRILL

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Willie Scrill signed to play professional basketball right out of high school with his hometown Brooklyn Visitation at age 18. Depleted by the defections of veterans Rody Cooney and Red Conaty to the newly-formed American Basketball League, the Visitation thrust the youngster into the starting lineup. In his very first pro season, the youthful Scrill very quickly established two things that would remain constants throughout his career. First, he was a very talented, at times brilliant player. Second, he had a very short fuse that could be ignited in an instant. Scrill once got into a fight with an opponent while the teams were warming up before a game. During the 1930-31 ABL finals, Scrill attacked referee Chuck Solodare after a double overtime loss, but went unpunished. Season after season, Scrill ranked as the most aggressive, combative player in pro basketball. Scrill spent his first eleven seasons in pro basketball with the Visitation and was a member of three championship teams. In 1934-35, Scrill lost his job to 20-year-old phenom, Bobby McDermott, and signed with the rival Jersey Reds. In 1936-37, Scrill enjoyed the best season of career. He led Jersey to first place in the first-half of the split ABL season with a 14-4 record. Scrill continued his outstanding play through the playoffs, but the Reds lost to the Philadelphia SPHAS in a seven-game thriller decided in overtime by a single point. For his stellar play, he was named the MVP of the 1936-37 ABL season. Scrill, at the very pinnacle of his career, retired in the off- season to become a New York City fireman.

 

WILLIE SCRILL Height: 5:10 Weight: 175 College: None
William  Scrill Born: Sep 1, 1907 Died: Nov, 1977 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1925-26 Brooklyn MBL 12 21 25 67 5.6
1926-27 Brooklyn NLN 18 27 16 70 3.9
1926-27 Brooklyn MBL 10 22 16 60 6.0
1927-28 Brooklyn MBL 14 38 41 117 8.4
1927-28 Brooklyn ABL 28 78 29 185 6.6
1928-29 Brooklyn ABL 38 81 46 208 5.5
1929-30 Brooklyn ABL 52 75 62 212 4.1
1930-31 Brooklyn ABL 37 87 29 203 5.5
1931-32 Brooklyn Visitation MBL 15 40 13 93 6.2
1932-33 Brooklyn VisitationBrooklyn Americans MBL 35 94 27 215 6.1
1932-33 Pittston PSL 9 21 18 60 6.7
1933-34 Brooklyn Visitation ABL 32 92 39 223 7.0
1933-34 Pittston PSL 20 40 37 117 5.9
1934-35 Jersey ABL 39 103 46 252 6.5
1935-36 Jersey ABL 37 92 42 226 6.1
1936-37 Jersey ABL 38 101 35 237 6.2
Major League Totals 405 951 466 2368 5.8
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1926-27 Brooklyn MBL 3 3 14 20 6.7
1930-31 Brooklyn MBL 6 13 2 28 4.7
1932-33 Pittston PSL 5 6 9 21 4.2
1933-34 Pittston PSL 2 3 7 13 6.5
1936-37 Jersey ABL 7 17 6 40 5.7
Major League Totals 16 33 22 88 5.5

 

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