Charles Linwood Williams is an American retired professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was well known for trademark goggles. Williams, a 6 ft 8 in forward born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, ranks 15th all-time in NBA career rebounds, his 17-year NBA career was highlighted by three All-Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, an All-Rookie team selection, an All-NBA second team selection and four selections to the first and second NBA All-Defensive teams. Buck Williams led the Nets in rebounding for most of the 1980s and as of the beginning of 2017, he remains the Nets’ second all-time leader in points, total rebounds, games played, minutes played, rebounds per game, free throws made. Williams attended Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount before going off to play collegiately at the University of Maryland. Williams had immediate success at Maryland, capturing the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 1979, he led the ACC in rebounding twice, while averaging 15.5 points per game in his sophomore and junior years.
He earned All-ACC honors in 1980 and 1981. National recognition of his performances came when he was selected to the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, alongside such players as two-time NBA champions Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre. In 2002, Williams was one of eight former Maryland players to be named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team. In 2001, he became a member of the University of Maryland's Athletic Hall of Fame. After three years at Maryland, Williams decided to leave for the NBA; the New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas. In his first season with the Nets, he averaged 15.5 points and led the team with 12.3 rebounds per game, helping New Jersey win 20 more games than the previous year and earning 1982 Rookie of the Year honors. Williams established himself as a premier player at the power forward position over the next eight seasons with the Nets. 1983–84 featured the Nets’ first playoff second-round appearance since the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets failed to subsequently get past the first round until 2002 when Jason Kidd led them to an unsuccessful NBA Finals date.
On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. In Portland, Williams would continue his solid play and take a complementary frontcourt role to established guard duo Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter; the Blazers’ post-season campaigns ended in the first round four consecutive seasons prior to 1990. In 1990 the Blazers succumbed to the powerhouse Detroit Pistons in five games, while in 1992 they fell to the Chicago Bulls in six. Williams was in the starting lineup for the first six of his seven seasons with the Blazers, he is 5th all-time on the franchise career list for both field goal percentage and total rebounds as of September 2018. In the twilight of his career, after the 1995–96 season, Williams moved back to the Atlantic Division, signing with the New York Knicks, where he played in a much more limited capacity, behind the frontcourt duo of Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley, he spent two years with the Knicks, but was forced to miss 41 games during the 1997–98 season due to knee surgery.
Williams announced his retirement on January 27, 1999, holding career averages of 12.8 points and ten rebounds per game and a field goal average of 54.9 percent. During the course of his 17-year NBA career, Williams racked up more than 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds — one of only seven NBA players to reach both marks. Williams served as the president of the NBA Players Association from 1994 to 1997; the Nets retired his #52 jersey in April 1999. In 2006, he was named as an inductee into the Rocky Mount Twin County Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was named to the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. In July 2010, Williams was hired by Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. ACC Rookie of the Year: 1979 ACC All-ACC: 1980, 1981 USA Olympic Team: 1980 NBA All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1986 NBA All-NBA: 1983 NBA Rookie of the Year: 1982 NBA All-Rookie: 1982 NBA All-Defense: 1990, 1991 NBA All-Defense: 1988, 1992 NBA Field Goal Percentage leader: 1991, 1992 NBA Minutes Played leader: 1985 NBA Offensive Rebounds leader: 1984 NBA Games Played leader: 1985, 1987, 1990, 1995 18th all-time in games played: 1,307 List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders NBA.com profile Stats at basketballreference.com NBA - Celebrating our heritage profile RGB profile: Buck Williams NBA Throwback
Paul Theron Silas is an American retired professional basketball player and former NBA head coach. He is the father of current NBA assistant coach Stephen Silas. Born in Prescott, Silas attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three seasons and averaged 20.6 rebounds per game in 1963. In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his sixteen-year career, played in two All-Star games, won three championship rings, he was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times. Upon retirement, Silas started his coaching career with the San Diego Clippers from 1980-83, becoming their head coach, compiling a 78-168 record for a team that struggled with injuries to stars including Bill Walton. After taking time off, Silas was an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets for one season from 1988-89, became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks from 1989-92 as one of the holdovers from the Stu Jackson and John Macleod eras.
Silas went back to work for the Nets as an assistant under Chuck Daly and Butch Beard from 1992-95, leaving to work with the Suns from 1995-97. At one point, Silas was one of the names considered for the head coaching job of the Boston Celtics in the Summer of 1995 before General Manager M. L. Carr decided to name himself as coach of the team. After joining the coaching staff of the Charlotte Hornets in 1997, Silas was given another chance as a coach after becoming the interim coach of the Hornets when Dave Cowens was fired after a 4-11 record. Under Silas, the Hornets turned it around and went 22-13 to finish the lockout-shortened season 26-24, missing the playoffs by one game. Silas had the interim tag lifted off of his status and became the full-time head coach of the Hornets from 1999 all the way into their first season where they moved to New Orleans. Coaching the team from 1999-2003, Silas had a 208-155 record, taking the team into the playoffs each season he was the head coach after that 1999 season, including two Eastern Conference Semifinals appearances.
Silas had a reputation of being a coach, honest but fair with his criticism of his players, which they appreciated. Silas was fired as coach on May 4, 2003, in a move that puzzled lots of Hornets players who enjoyed playing for him. Silas was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003 to 2005. Hired to mentor LeBron James, his tenure was rife with controversy as he feuded with veteran point guard Eric Snow and new General Manager Dan Gilbert fired him in the middle of the season with the Cavaliers at 34-30 and fifth place in the Eastern Conference; the Cavs would collapse after the firing of Silas and miss the playoffs that season due to a tiebreak with the New Jersey Nets. Silas worked for ESPN, although in April 2007, he interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats, filled by Sam Vincent. Upon the firing of Vincent in April 2008, he stated that coaching the Bobcats would be a "dream job."On December 22, 2010, Silas was named interim head coach of the Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown.
On February 16, 2011, the Bobcats removed his interim status. On April 30, 2012, the Bobcats announced that Silas would not return to the Bobcats for the 2012–2013 season after producing the worst record in NBA history; because of the record transfer that occurred in 2014, Silas' tenure with the Bobcats is now recognized as his second tenure with the Charlotte Hornets, meaning that he had coached them for about six seasons with a record of 204–220. List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff rebounding leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 30 or more rebounds in a game List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season rebounding leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career rebounding leaders BasketballReference.com: Paul Silas BasketballReference.com: Paul Silas
Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in, 205 lb Robertson played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team, one-time winner of the MVP award in 14 professional seasons. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. In the 1970–71 NBA season, he was a key player on the team that brought the Bucks their only NBA title, his playing career during high school and college, was plagued by racism. Robertson is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been inducted in 1980 for his individual career, in 2010 as a member of the 1960 United States men's Olympic basketball team and president of the National Basketball Players Association, he was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The United States Basketball Writers Association renamed their College Player of the Year Award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in his honor in 1998, he was one of five people chosen to represent the inaugural National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006.
He was ranked as the 36th best American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN. Robertson was an integral part of Robertson v. National Basketball Ass'n of 1970; the landmark NBA antitrust suit, named after the then-president of the NBA Players' Association, led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players. Robertson was born in poverty in Charlotte and grew up in a segregated housing project in Indianapolis. In contrast to many other boys who preferred to play baseball, he was drawn to basketball because it was "a poor kids' game"; because his family could not afford to buy a basketball, he learned how to shoot by tossing tennis balls and rags bound with rubber bands into a peach basket behind his family's home. Robertson attended an all-black high school. At Crispus Attucks, Robertson was coached by Ray Crowe, whose emphasis on a fundamentally sound game had a positive effect on Robertson's style of play; as a sophomore in 1954, he starred on an Attucks team that lost in the semi-state finals to eventual state champions Milan, whose story would be the basis of the classic 1986 movie Hoosiers.
When Robertson was a junior, Crispus Attucks dominated its opposition, going 31–1 and winning the 1955 state championship, the first for any all-black school in the nation. The following year the team finished with a perfect 31–0 record and won a second straight Indiana state title, becoming the first team in Indiana to secure a perfect season and compiling a state-record 45 straight victories; the state championships were the first by an Indianapolis team in the Hoosier tourney. After their championship game wins, the team was paraded through town in a regular tradition, but they were taken to a park outside downtown to continue their celebration, unlike other teams. Robertson stated, " thought the blacks were going to tear the town up, they thought the whites wouldn't like it." Robertson scored 24.0 points per game in his senior season and was named Indiana "Mr. Basketball" in 1956. After his graduation that year, Robertson enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. Robertson continued to excel while at the University of Cincinnati, recording an incredible scoring average of 33.8 points per game, the third highest in college history.
In each of his three years, he won the national scoring title, was named an All-American, was chosen College Player of the Year, while setting 14 NCAA and 19 school records. Robertson's stellar play led the Bearcats to a 79–9 overall record during his three varsity seasons, including two Final Four appearances. However, a championship eluded Robertson, something that would become a repeated occurrence until late in his professional career; when Robertson left college he was the all-time leading NCAA scorer until fellow Hall of Fame player Pete Maravich topped him in 1970. Robertson took Cincinnati to national prominence during his time there, but the university's greatest success in basketball took place after his departure, when the team won national titles in 1961, 1962, just missed a third title in 1963, he continues to stand atop the Bearcats' record book. The many records he still holds include: points in one game, 62. Robertson had many outstanding individual game performances, including 10 triple-doubles.
His personal best might have been his line of 45 points, 23 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Indiana State in 1959. Despite his success on the court, Robertson's college career was soured by racism. In those days, southern university programs such as those of Kentucky and North Carolina did not recruit black athletes, road trips to segregated cities were difficult, with Robertson sleeping in college dorms instead of hotels. "I'll never forgive them", he told The Indianapolis Star years later. Decades after his college days, Robertson's stellar NCAA career was rewarded by the United States Basketball Writers Association when, in 1998, they renamed the trophy awarded to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year the Oscar Robertson Trophy; this honor brought the award full circle for Robertson since he had won the first two awards presented. After college and Jerry West co-captained the U. S. basketball team at the 1960 Summer Olympics. The team, described as the greatest assemblage of amateur basketball talent steamrollered the competition to
Steven Hanson Blake is an American former professional basketball player and coaching intern of the Portland Trail Blazers. After winning the 2002 NCAA Championship with Maryland, Blake was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Over his 13-year NBA career, Blake had stints with the Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, had three different stints with the Portland Trail Blazers. Blake spent his freshman and sophomore year at Miami Killian High School and transferred to Miami High School, where he played with another future NBA player, Udonis Haslem. Miami won consecutive state championships, but after the Miami New Times exposed the fact that Blake and other players, under head coach Frank Martin, were using fake addresses to enroll in the school, the Stingarees were forced to forfeit their entire 1998 schedule. After the FHSAA banned him from playing for any public high school in Florida again, Blake attended Oak Hill Academy before enrolling at the University of Maryland.
After high school, he attended the University of Maryland. Blake was the team's starter from the first game of his freshman year and was the first ACC player to compile 1,000 points, 800 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals, he finished his career 5th in NCAA all-time career assists with 972. Known for his superb passing ability, Blake helped lead the Terrapins to a Final Four appearance and the 2002 NCAA championship, he averaged over six assists per game in each of his four years, including averages of 7.9 and 7.1 in 2002 and 2003, respectively. For his efforts, he was named to a variety of all-ACC teams during his career, including the rookie and defensive squads, capped by a first-team All-ACC spot his senior year. At the start of the 2003–04 basketball season, Blake's uniform number became only the 15th to be retired to the rafters of Maryland's Comcast Center. Blake was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th pick in the 2003 NBA draft, he averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 assists, 18.6 minutes per game while playing in 75 games his rookie season with the Wizards.
In his second season Blake's playing time decreased only 44 games played. In September 2005, Blake was offered a contract by the Portland Trail Blazers, which the Wizards declined to match; this became the second reunion with former Maryland Terrapin and Washington Wizards backcourt teammate Juan Dixon, who signed with the Trail Blazers in the 2005 off-season. In Blake's first season with the Blazers, he became a starter and played a significant role when Sebastian Telfair was injured. Blake's playing time increased from 14.7 minutes and 44 games with only one start in 2004–05 to 26.2 minutes and 68 games with 57 starts in 05–06. Blake reestablished himself as a terrific passer and fundamental point guard claiming third in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio, he increased his field goal percentage by 11%. In July 2006, Blake was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jamaal Magloire. On January 11, 2007, Blake was traded to the Denver Nuggets in return for Earl Boykins and Julius Hodge. Blake started in 40 of the 50 remaining games of the Nuggets' 2006–07 season, in five playoff games in a 4–1 first-round loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Blake became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007, agreed to a three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on July 13, 2007. The 2008–09 season saw a rise in Blake's numbers. Through his first 38 games, he averaged a career-high 11.7 points per game, while achieving career highs in free throw percentage and three-point percentage. On February 22, 2009, Blake tied an NBA record with 14 assists in the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. On February 17, 2010, Blake was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers with Travis Outlaw and $1.5 million in cash for Marcus Camby. On July 8, 2010, Blake signed a four-year $16 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first season for the Lakers, Blake averaged 4 points in 20 minutes per game, he missed games due to chicken pox. In his second season, he averaged 5.2 points in 23.2 minutes per game. He played 5 of 53 games as a starter, he dealt with a costochondral fracture. Statistically, he was a disappointment in those first two seasons under coach Phil Jackson's triangle offense and coach Mike Brown's post-up offense, neither of which catered to his natural read-and-react skills.
In the 2012–13 season, his training camp was spoiled when he punctured his foot stepping on a spike strip in a beach parking lot. In November 2012, Blake was fined $25,000 by the NBA for inappropriate language towards a fan, he started five straight games after a knee injury to starter Steve Nash. However, Blake was sidelined starting in November after suffering an abdominal strain that required surgery, he experienced groin problems during his recovery before returning in late January after missing 37 games. He was more comfortable playing under coach Mike D'Antoni, who had replaced Brown early in the season. In the playoffs that season, Blake left Game 2 in the first round against San Antonio after injuring his right hamstring and was declared out indefinitely. On February 19, 2014, Blake was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. On July 10, 2014, Blake signed with the Portland Trail Blazers to a reported two-year, $4.2 million deal. On February 20, 2015, Blake changed his jersey number from #
Roger Mason Jr.
Roger Philip Mason Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He is the former deputy executive director of the NBA Players Association, he is the former president and commissioner of Big3. Mason lived in Silver Spring, Maryland where he attended primary school at Grace Episcopal Day School, he first attended high school at Sidwell Friends School where he was named MVP at the school as a freshman. He transferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School for his sophomore and senior years. Mason led Good Counsel to their best basketball year with 29 wins and a number 19 final ranking on the USA Today Super 25 list. At Good Counsel he scored a total of 1,426 points, he was named 1999 All-Metropolitan first team by The Washington Post, All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, all-county by the Montgomery Journal newspaper. He was named 1999 Powerade "Mr. Basketball", awarded to the best player in the Washington, D.
C. area. Mason played collegiately at the University of Virginia. In 2001, he was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team. Mason set a free throw percentage record in UVA history with 86.0 percent made and is third on the ACC's all-time list for free throw percentage. Mason was selected with the 31st overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2002 NBA draft after his junior year. On August 12, 2002, he signed a multi-year deal with the Bulls. On December 15, 2003, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Rick Brunson. On December 16, 2004, he was waived by the Raptors. In September 2006, he signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. In September 2007, he re-signed with the Wizards on a one-year deal, his role expanded during the season when Gilbert Arenas and Antonio Daniels were injured. He responded by putting up the best numbers in his NBA career. On July 11, 2008, Mason was signed to the San Antonio Spurs for a two-year $7.3 million contract. On Christmas Day 2008, he made a buzzer-beating three-point shot to beat the Phoenix Suns.
Mason would finish the season with career highs in points and assists per game. On August 10, 2010, Mason signed a contract with the New York Knicks. On December 9, 2011, Mason signed a one-year veteran minimum contract with the Washington Wizards. On April 16, 2012, Mason was waived by the Wizards to create a roster spot for Morris Almond. On August 3, 2012, Mason signed a contract with the New Orleans Hornets. On September 27, 2013, Mason signed with the Miami Heat. On February 20, 2014, Mason was traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a future conditional 2015 second-round pick, he was waived the same day. In January 2005, he signed with Olympiacos of Greece for the rest of the 2004–05 season; that year, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem for the 2005–06 season who got sponsored by billionaire Arkadi Gaydamak shortly before, he became major player of the team and led it to the Uleb Cup semi-finals and to the Israeli League Finals. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Virginia bio
S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is the communications school at Syracuse University, it has programs in broadcast journalism. The school was named for publishing magnate Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr. who provided the founding gift in 1964. Lorraine Branham served as dean of the school from 2008 until her death in 2019. Amy Falkner is acting dean; the school includes about 50 adjunct instructors. Enrollment includes some 1,900 undergraduate students. Undergraduate admissions are selective. In December 2011, NewsPro ranked Newhouse as the top journalism school in the country. Syracuse University's former School of Journalism was founded in 1934; that year, Syracuse University became the first university in the nation to offer a college credit radio course. In 1947, SU launched one of the nation's first college radio stations. With the emergence of television, SU was the first to offer instruction in the field. In 1964, supported by a gift from Samuel I. Newhouse, the Newhouse Communications Complex was inaugurated in Newhouse 1, an award-winning building designed by architect I. M. Pei, which housed the School of Journalism.
The building was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who delivered his famous "Gulf of Tonkin Speech" on the Newhouse Plaza. In 1971 the School of Journalism merged with the Television and Radio Department into the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A second building, Newhouse 2, was dedicated in 1974 with a keynote address by William S. Paley, chairman of the board of CBS. In 2003, the Newhouse School received a $15 million gift from the S. I. Newhouse Foundation and the Newhouse family to fund the construction of the third building in the Newhouse Communications Complex; the $31.6 million 74,000-square-foot modern structure, designed by the former Polshek Partnership, features the First Amendment etched in six-foot-high letters on its curving glass windows. Newhouse 3 was dedicated on September 19, 2007, with a keynote address from Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr; the event was attended by the Newhouse family. In September 2014, the school completed an $18 million renovation of the Newhouse 2 building, creating the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, which features Dick Clark Studios, the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation and the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center.
Oprah Winfrey spoke at the dedication ceremony. In July 2015, the Newhouse School began offering an Online Master's in Communications, Communications@Syracuse. Most Newhouse students participate in extracurricular activities to gain experience in their chosen field of study. On-campus publications include the campus newspaper; the university has three radio stations on campus: WJPZ, a Top 40 station that broadcasts to the Syracuse market. On-campus television stations include Orange Television Network and CitrusTV, the largest student-run campus TV station in the country. Newhouse student-run agencies include Hill Communications and TNH. There are a number of diversity-based organizations for students, including the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; the Newhouse School offers multiple study abroad opportunities in addition to the SU Abroad program offered by the University. Newhouse students have the ability to work in Dubai and France annually, the London SU Abroad center offers classes directed by Newhouse.
NBC, which owns the rights to Olympic television coverage in the United States, visits campus to recruit Newhouse students for internships every two years. The corporation conducts on-campus interviews one year before the games. Twenty-three students covered the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as paid interns for NBC. Advertising Bandier Program Broadcast & Digital Journalism Graphic Design Magazine and Digital Journalism Photography Public Relations Television, Radio & Film Advertising Arts Journalism Audio Arts Broadcast & Digital Journalism Magazine and Digital Journalism Media and Education Media Studies Multimedia and Design New Media Management Public Relations Public Relations/International Relations Television, Radio & Film Mass Communications Communications Management The Newhouse School offers an online master’s degree in communications called Communications@Syracuse; the program is meant to extend the Newhouse School’s reach online in order to prepare media professionals in the modern mass media and digital communications environment.
This program offers students a foundation in communications, digital media, social media and digital journalism. Communications@Syracuse is broken down into three specializations: advertising, public relations and journalism innovation. In October 2014, the Newhouse School declined to allow Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Michel du Cille to participate in a journalism workshop at the school because he'd returned three weeks earlier from covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Du Cille said. I’m pissed off and embarrassed and weirded out that a journalism institution that should be seeking out facts and details is pand
Bob Lanier (basketball)
Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Lanier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. In his 14 NBA seasons, Lanier averaged 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. He played in eight NBA All-Star Games, was named Most Valuable Player of the 1974 game, he has had his #16 jersey retired by both the Pistons and the Bucks and his #31 jersey retired by St. Bonaventure University. Lanier is an NBA ambassador. Robert Jerry Lanier Jr. was born on September 10, 1948, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Robert Sr. and Nannette Lanier. Growing up in Buffalo, Lanier was rejected in his basketball efforts. Trying out for his grammar school team, Lanier was told by a coach that his feet were too large for him to be a successful athlete. Although he was 6-foot-5 by age 16, Lanier was cut from the varsity basketball squad in his sophomore year at Bennett High by coach Nick Mogavero because he was too clumsy.
In his junior year, he was encouraged to try out again by new coach Fred Schwepker, who had Lanier in Biology class, Lanier tried out again. Lanier was named to the All-City team as a junior. In his senior year, he averaged 25.0 points and he earned All-Western New York State honors. Both years he led Bennett to Buffalo city titles. After his successes under coach Szwejbka, Lanier graduated in 1966. Lanier was rejected by his first college choice, because of his grades. But, he was recruited by more than 100 other schools and selected St. Bonaventure University, in Allegany, New York, with Coach Larry Weise.“There was recruiting competition, but the advantage I had, what I sold was that his parents could come watch him play,’’ Said Coach Weise. “He picked St. Bonaventure, his parents were at every game.’’ Lanier was a three-time Converse All-America selection, playing for coach Weise at St. Bonaventure. In 1970, he led the St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four, he injured his knee near the end of the regional championship game in a collision with Villanova's Chris Ford and did not participate in St. Bonaventure's National Semifinal loss to Jacksonville University with center Artis Gilmore.
That year he was named Coach and Athlete Magazine player of the year, the ECAC Player of the Year. As a 6 ft 11 in sophomore in the 1967–68 season, after having played on the freshman team the previous year per NCAA rules at the time, Lanier made an immediate national impact, as he led the St. Bonaventure to an undefeated regular season and a no. 3 final poll ranking. Lanier averaged 15.6 rebounds. Against [, Lanier had 27 rebounds, leading St. Bonaventure to 94–78 victory. In the 23-team 1968 NCAA Tournament, Lanier led St. Bonaventure to a 102–93 victory over Boston College and coach Bob Cousy; the Bonies were defeated 91–72 by North Carolina and coach Dean Smith in the East Regional Semifinal, ending their undefeated season. Lanier had 32 points and 15 rebounds in the victory over Boston College and 23 points with 9 rebounds in the North Carolina loss. Lanier fouled out, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds in the third-place East Region game, a 92–75 loss to Columbia. Lanier was named second-team All-American, behind Lew Alcindor at center.
In the 1968–69 season, St. Bonaventure finished 17–7 without any postseason invitations, after starting the season 3–5. Against Seton Hall, Lanier scored the single-game scoring record for St. Bonaventure. Lanier, averaged 15.6 rebounds in 24 games. Lanier was again named second-team All-American, behind Lew Alcindor at center. During his junior year, Lanier was approached by representatives of the American Basketball Association's New York Nets, who offered him $1.2 million to leave school early and join the ABA. However, following his father's advice, Lanier chose to remain in school. Lanier averaged 29.2 points and 16.0 rebounds as St. Bonaventure finished the 1969–70 regular season 25–1 and a no. 3 national ranking. In the 25-team 1970 NCAA Tournament, Lanier led St. Bonaventure to a 80–72 victory over Davidson College with 28 points and 15 rebounds. However, Lanier injured his knee near the end of the regional championship game in a collision with Villanova's Chris Ford, it was severe enough that he could not play in the Final Four and required surgery, the first of eight surgeries on Lanier's knees.
In the Final Four, the Bonnies lost to [NC State Wolfpack men's basketball with future Hall of Fame center Artis Gilmore. St. Bonaventure was whistled for 32 personal fouls and outscored 37–15 at the free throw line, in the 91–83 loss. In the third-place game, the Bonnies lost to NM State to finish the season 25–3."Every year at this time you start thinking about it and my players start thinking about it," reflected Coach Larry Weise at age 81. "We have a reunion every three, four years and it’s the same with them. It was a magical moment in no question. In our hearts, we knew we were good enough to win the championship.""I think I appreciate it more than my teammates," Lanier reflected on the Final Four in 1985, "because I had a basis for comparison. It wasn't the money, or who got the'numbers' like in the NBA. We weren't any big stars, it was a couple of guys from Buffalo and