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Joe Maddrey

Basketball ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

The best rebounders are not necessarily the tallest on the court but those dominate the boards with strength, leaping ability, and position. Jumping Joe Maddrey was such a basketball player. Joe graduated from Aliquippa High School in 1959 and held most Quip cage records, including a 44 point game. He was named All WPIAL twice and was selected first team All State and honorable mention All American his senior year. After receiving some 50 college offers, Joe chose Niagara University where the 6'-4" player averaged 18 points a game. The Purple Eagles were 46-17 in Joe’s three varsity years, including a trip to the NIT. Joe grabbed an amazing 22 rebounds in one game, and scored a double-double (22 points and 11 rebounds) in an upset of No 2 St Bonaventure. Joe was honorable mention All American in both his junior and senior years. After being drafted by the Chicago Bulls and receiving an offer from the Harlem Globetrotters, Joe chose to play hoops in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for six years and after his basketball career served as a probation officer.