In the late 1930’s, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh had one of the nation’s powerhouse college basketball programs. John “Brooms” Abramovic, a big. heft-handed kid from nearby Etna, Pennsylvania, wanted to played for Duquesne, but head coach Chick Davies declined to offer him a scholarship. Instead, Abramovic entered Salem College, a small school in West Virginia where over three seasons (1940-43)  he would rewrite college scoring records. As a junior and senior at Salem College, he led the entire nation in scoring, averaging nearly 30 points per game and was the first player in college history to score 2,000 points in a career (2,170). He also  was  chosen a First Team All-American in both 1942 and 1943.  After spending three years in the Navy during World War II, Abramovic signed in 1946  to play professional basketball for Pittsburgh in the newly formed Basketball Association of America. Abramovic had a solid season averaging 11.2 points per game, but the team folded at the end of the season. After one more pro season, Abramovic retired and returned to Etna and joined the  family Broom and Mop business. Abramovic officiated prep and college sport for over 25 years. Abramovic was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame.


BROOMS ABRAMOVIC Height: 6:03 Weight: 195 College: Salem(WV)’43
John M. Abramovic Jr. Born: Feb 9, 1919       Died:  Jun 9, 2000 Hometown: Etna, Pa.
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1939-40 Salem (WV) College
1940-41 Salem (WV) College
1921-22 Salem (WV) College
1942-43 Salem (WV) College
1943-46 U.S. Navy Military Service
1945-46 Pittsburgh Raiders Indep
1946-47 Pittsburgh BAA 47 202 123 178 .691 35 527 11.2
1947-48 BaltimoreSt.Louis BAA 9 1 4 7 .571 2 6 0.7
1947-48 Syracuse NBL 35 72 42 54 .778 186 5.3
Major League Totals 91 275 169 239 .707 719 7.9
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1947-48 Syracuse NBL 3 5 2 3 .667 12 4.0
Major League Totals 3 5 2 3 .667 12 4.0






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