Howard Cann briefly attended Dartmouth College and then transferred to New York University. During his freshman year in 1914, Howard was the leading scorer on the  NYU men’s basketball team. He was captain of the 1916-1917 football team, where he played as a tackle, punter  and also played in the backfield. Cann’s college career was interrupted for two years by  military service in World War I. He returned  to NYU in time for the 1919-20 basketball season and led the team to an AAU National Championship title. At the end of the season he was named an All-American and the Helms Foundation College Player of the Year. In the summer of 1920, he participated in the Olympic Games in Antwerp as a shot putter. Three years after graduating from NYU, Cann returned to the school as the men’s basketball coach. He coached the team for thirty-five years, from 1923 to 1958, and compiled a 409-232 record. His 1933-34 team was unbeaten and Cann’s 1934-35 team finished the season with an 18–1 record and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Association.  His 1944–45 team made it to the final game of the NCAA tournament, but lost the championship to Oklahoma State. Cann was named National Coach of the Year in 1947 and led the Violets to the NIT  final in 1948, but was defeated by St.Louis University. In 1968, Cann was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.


HOWARD CANN Height: 6:03 Weight: 210 College: NYU’20
Howard Goodsell Cann Born:  Oct 11, 1895 Died: Dec 18, 1992 Hometown: New York, NY
1914-15 N.Y.U. College
1915-16 N.Y.U. College
1916-17 N.Y.U. College
1917-19 U.S. Navy Military Service
1919-20 N.Y.U. College
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1920-21 Paterson PSL 9 16 17 49 5.4
1921-22 Mohawk NYSL 3 5 3 13 4.3
Major League Totals 12 21 20 62 5.2





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