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Denny Wuycik

Backetball ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Fans in Aliquippa and Midland may not agree, but basketball addicts in Ambridge believe that the 1967 Ambridge High School basketball team led by Chuck DeVenzio was the best ever produced in Beaver County. The unbeaten Bridgers romped to the state title and one of the teamís stars was Denny Wuycik, a 6'-6" 200 pound senior. Denny joined forces with such talented players as Dick DeVenzio, Frank Kaufman, and Walt Ostrowski Jr to give the Bridgers one of the best balanced basketball teams ever to appear in the state playoffs. Denny was an All Section 3 pick for three years, was named to the first team All State as a junior, and became a high school All American his senior season. In high school he had games of 43 points against New Castle, 50 against Butler, and 35 against Beaver Falls when he broke George Zatezaloís Beaver County scoring record of 1711 points. Denny ended his scholastic career with 1854 points and was picked to play for Pennsylvania in the annual Roundball Classic. He played his college basketball at the University of North Carolina under Coach Dean Smith, and in three years of varsity action racked up 1469 points for an average of 18 points per game and a field goal shooting percentage of 61 percent. In 1971 he helped North Carolina win the NIT title, and his field goal average of 63 percent led the nation. In 1972 the Tarheels reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before losing to champion UCLA. After college Denny played two seasons with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA. After retiring from pro basketball, he published a periodic sports report on Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball.