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Larry Zigerelli

Basketball ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

At age 30, Larry Zigerelli was an associate advertising manager for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, supervising 15 managers in the toothpaste category. It wasn’t a surprise that Larry was a whiz selling Crest because he had to sell himself as a basketball prospect (which isn’t easy for a 5'-9" guy). Yale took him, however, because the prestigious Ivy League school liked his high school athletic record and the fact that he was valedictorian of the Monaca High School Class of 1976 with a 4.0 grade point average. He starred in basketball at Monaca from 1973 to 1976 and was named to the Prep All American team his junior year and to the United Press All State second team. As a senior Larry set a single game record of 24 assists and had a career record of 600 assists; he averaged 17 points and 13 assists per game, with a season total of 371 points and 264 assists. Larry's best game was 36 points and 13 assists. He also lettered in baseball in his sophomore and junior years and was an All Conference defensive back on Monaca’s first WPIAL football championship team as a senior. As point guard at Yale, Larry had an equally impressive basketball record: in his senior season he set a single season assist record of 225, a single game assist mark of 15, and a career assist record of 269 in four years. He led Yale’s cagers to a 16-10 record in 1980, the best for the team in 17 years. Dean Smith, the famous North Carolina coach, said: “Larry Zigerelli is one of the finest guards we’ve faced all year.”