Sihugo Green

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Sihugo Green
Sihugo Green 1962.jpeg
Personal information
Born(1933-08-20)August 20, 1933
New York City, New York
DiedOctober 4, 1980(1980-10-04) (aged 47)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolBoys (Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeDuquesne (1953–1956)
NBA draft1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Playing career1956–1967
PositionGuard / Forward
Number3, 12, 17, 16, 21, 11, 28
Career history
1956–1957Rochester Royals
1957–1958Easton Madisons
1958–1959Cincinnati Royals
19591961St. Louis Hawks
19611965Chicago Packers / Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
1965Boston Celtics
1965–1966New Haven Elms
1966–1967Wilmington Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,636 (9.2 ppg)
Rebounds2,152 (4.3 rpg)
Assists1,655 (3.2 apg)
Stats at

Sihugo "Si" Green (August 20, 1933 – October 4, 1980) was an American professional basketball player who was born in New York City, New York. After playing at Duquesne University, Green was the No. 1 pick of the 1956 NBA draft by the Rochester Royals.

College career[edit]

Green attended Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Green then attended Duquesne (1953–1956), where he starred alongside teammate Dick Ricketts and his brother Dave Ricketts. In 1953-1954 Green averaged 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, as the Dukes went 26-3 under Coach Dudey Moore, losing in the Final of the 1954 National Invitation Tournament.[2]

In 1954-1955, Green averaged 22.0 and 13.6 rebounds and the Dukes were 22-4, winning the 1955 National Invitation Tournament.[3] In the Final, on March 20, 1955, Duquesne beat the Dayton Flyers 70-58 before a sellout crowd of 18,496 at Madison Square Garden, as Green had 33 points and Dick Ricketts had 23.[4]

As senior in 1955-1956, he averaged 24.5 points and 13.2 rebounds as Duquesne was 17-10 following Ricketts's graduation the year prior. The Dukes won 7 of their last 8 after a slow start to advance to the quarterfinals of the 1956 National Invitation Tournament, losing to eventual champion Louisville.[5]

Professional career[edit]

A 6'2" guard-forward, on April 30, Green was selected by the by the Rochester Royals as the first overall NBA draft pick of the 1956 NBA draft, ahead of Bill Russell.

As a rookie in 1956-1957, Green averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 14 games for the Royals, he also played some games that season for the Easton Madisons of the EPBL.[6] Green then missed the next NBA season due to military service with the U.S. Army.[1] There, he played on a Fort Dix team with Tom Gola and Alvin Clinkscales that won the U.S. Army championship.[7]

On January 14, 1959, while averaging 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists, Green was traded by the Cincinnati Royals to the St. Louis Hawks for Med Park and Jack Stephens. Green played four seasons for St. Louis, averaging 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds.[1]

Green was traded by the St. Louis Hawks to the Chicago Packers on November 21, 1961, he was traded, along with Joe Graboski and Woody Sauldsberry for Barney Cable and Archie Dees. With Chicago in 57 games that season, he averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists.[8]

On October 10, 1965 Green was traded by the Baltimore Bullets to the Boston Celtics for a 1966 5th round draft pick (John Jones was later selected), he averaged 3.2 points in ten games in a reserve role for the 1965-1966 NBA Champion Celtics, after ten games with the New haven Elms of the EPBA. With the Celtics, Green played with his fellow 1956 draft pick, Bill Russell.[9]

Green last played for the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Professional Basketball League in 1966-1967.[6]

Overall, Green played nine seasons in the league NBA with four teams and scored 5,039 career points 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3. assists.[10][11]


"Si never said a word. He always wore his jumping socks, those thick gray ones with a green trim; the kind hunters wear. That was his superstition. Si's touch outside with a line-drive jumper was pretty good, but he could tell you he was going around you and he'd still get around you, he would give you a fake and a real big first stride," Former Duquesne Assistant Coach Red Manning said in describing Green years later.[4]

Green died of cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1980 at age 47.[12][13]



  1. ^ a b c "Si Green Stats".
  2. ^ "1953-54 Duquesne Dukes Roster and Stats". College Basketball at
  3. ^ "1954-55 Duquesne Dukes Roster and Stats". College Basketball at
  4. ^ a b "50 years ago, Sihugo Green and Dick Ricketts led Duquesne to the title in basketball's No. 1 tournament -- the NIT". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ "1955-56 Duquesne Dukes Roster and Stats". College Basketball at
  6. ^ a b "EBA-Si Green".
  7. ^ Harrison, Don (8 November 2011). "Hoops in Connecticut: The Nutmeg State's Passion for Basketball". Arcadia Publishing – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "1961-62 Chicago Packers (Per Game) - NBA team profile page from WhatifSports".
  9. ^ "1965-66 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats".
  10. ^ "Sihugo Green - NBA player profile page from WhatifSports".
  11. ^ "NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Duquesne University".
  12. ^ Sihugo Green on IMDb
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Duquesne reveals All-Century Team - TribLIVE".

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