Bill Melchionni

William P. Melchionni (born October 19, 1944) is an American former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player.wikipedia
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Villanova Wildcats men's basketball

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Melchionni was a collegiate star in the mid-1960s at Villanova University and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 NIT, as Villanova finished in third place in the tournament.
Notable players during the Jack Kraft era include: Chris Ford, Tom Ingelsby, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Jim Washington, and Hubie White.

Bishop Eustace Preparatory School

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Melchionni was a guard from Bishop Eustace Prep (in his hometown of Pennsauken Township, New Jersey).

Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

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Melchionni was a guard from Bishop Eustace Prep (in his hometown of Pennsauken Township, New Jersey).

American Basketball Association

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William P. Melchionni (born October 19, 1944) is an American former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player.

National Invitation Tournament

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Melchionni was a collegiate star in the mid-1960s at Villanova University and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 NIT, as Villanova finished in third place in the tournament.

1966 NBA draft

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Upon graduation from Villanova, Melchionni was a 2nd Round (19th) overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1966 NBA Draft.

1966 National Invitation Tournament

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In the 1966 season, the Wildcats won 9 of their last 10 games, finishing 3rd in the 1966 National Invitation Tournament, with Melchionni chosen as Tournament MVP.

John Williamson (basketball, born 1951)

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His is only one of six retired Nets jerseys, joining (#3) Dražen Petrović, (#5) Jason Kidd, (#23) John Williamson, (#32) Julius Erving and (#52) Buck Williams
Williamson's jersey number (23) was retired by the New York/New Jersey Nets franchise on December 7, 1990; Williamson is one of four players who were with the Nets during their ABA days with a retired number; the other three include Wendell Ladner, Bill Melchionni, and Julius Erving.

Lee Melchionni

Gary's son and Bill's nephew, Lee Melchionni, played for Duke from 2002–2006.
Lee's uncle, Bill Melchionni, played college basketball with Villanova while in college and played with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets while playing in the NBA.

Brooklyn Nets

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In 1969-1970, Melchionni found a home in the upstart ABA, joining the New York Nets.

National Basketball Association

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William P. Melchionni (born October 19, 1944) is an American former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Upon graduation from Villanova, Melchionni was a 2nd Round (19th) overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1966 NBA Draft. Melchionni joined the Phillips 66ers AAU Elite team, before returning to his hometown to join the Philadelphia 76ers in 1966-1967.

Phillips 66ers

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Melchionni joined the Phillips 66ers AAU Elite team, before returning to his hometown to join the Philadelphia 76ers in 1966-1967.

Wilt Chamberlain

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Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.

Lucious Jackson

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Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.

Hal Greer

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Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.

Wali Jones

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Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.

Billy Cunningham

Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.

Chet Walker

Immediately, Melchionni was a key reserve on what is, statistically speaking, the greatest 76ers team ever, the 1967 NBA champions led by Wilt Chamberlain, Luke Jackson, Hal Greer, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker.