Dave Sysko

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First Team All-State in 1960 at Salesianum, Dave Sysko led Coach Jim Hagan’s team to a 21-2 record. Dave played at the University of Delaware from 1961-64, becoming one of the most
prolific scorers in Delaware basketball history. The 6-5 Sysko was a force on offense, leading Coach Irv Wisniewski’s squads to a three-year mark of 45-23, including a school record 18 wins in 1962.
He held the following records at Delaware for 25 years: Most points in a single season (549), most points in two seasons (910) and most points in three seasons (1269). He set the University of
Delaware single season scoring average record in 1963-64 with an average of 23.9 points per game, the most points in a single game against Lafayette in 1963-64 with 45 and the career scoring average
record of 19.2 per game. His 630 rebounds place him fourth on Delaware’s all time list in that category. Captain of the 1964 team, Dave was the leading scorer in the Mid Atlantic Conference with a
26.6 average, first team All-Conference and honorable mention All American. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and was named to the All-Army Team in 1965-66 & 1966-67. In 1966-67, he was
named to the All-Military Services Team. Dave was a member of the Baltimore Bullets Training Camp in 1967. Active in the community, Dave was a co-founder of the Future Stars program, an academic
program for promising young basketball players in Wilmington and New Castle County.




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