Harry Boykoff was an schoolboy star at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He played three varsity seasons at St.John’s College in Brooklyn under the tutelage of of Joe Lapchick, the center on the great Original Celtics’ of the 1920’s. Boykoff led St.J0hn’s  to a 21-3 record and  the National Invitational Tournament championship in 1943.  At the end of the season he was named a consensus All-American. Despite far exceeding the height limit of 6 feet 6 inches, he successfully enlisted  and served in the army during World War II.  After the war, Boykoff returned to St, John’s for two more seasons and led the team to the NIT both seasons. After graduation in 1947, Boykoff played  four seasons of professional basketball he which he averaged 10.7 points in 229 games. Boykoff was never a star in the professional game, but  was a valuable rebounder and strong scorer featuring an excellent sweeping hook shot. His shortcomings in the pro game were due to his lack of mobility and his tendency to foul too much. Knee problems cut short his career after just four seasons. After retiring from basketball, Boykoff  became a successful businessman in New York City. Later in his life. he moved to Los Angeles where began another career making  television commercials and appearing in small roles in television shows and movies.




HARRY BOYKOFF Height: 6:09 Weight: 225 College: St.John’s(NY)’47
Harry J. Boykoff Born: Jul 24, 1924      Died:  Dec 20, 2001 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1941-42 St.John’s (Frosh) College
1942-43 St.Jphn’s College
1943-45 US Army Military Service
1945-46 St.Jphn’s College
1946-47 St.Jphn’s College
1947-48 Toledo NBL 59 225 124 161 .770 574 9.7
1948-49 Waterloo NBL 61 293 191 265 .721 777 12.7
1949-50 Waterloo NBA 61 288 203 262 .775 149 779 12.8
1950-51 BostonTri-Cities NBA 48 126 74 100 .740 60 326 6.8
Major League Totals 229 932 592 788 .751 2456 10.7
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