Answers usually prompt more questions, especially on college campuses. So when Ian Bonzani led the 2001 WPI men's basketball team in scoring as a freshman, it prompted the question, "When was the last time a freshman achieved that distinction?" Indeed, had it ever happened? So the statisticians searched, and searched some more-finally stopping as the pages were turned to the 1949-50 season.
There they found Harry Brown. It turns out, Harry Brown is the answer to a lot of questions.
Yes, it was he who last led WPI in scoring as a freshman; his 1949-50 average was a more than respectable 13.9 points per game.
Bonzani now has the potential to lead WPI in scoring for four years. Has that ever occurred? The answer is "twice." When was the last time? From 1949 to 1953. It was Harry Brown who did it.
Here's another significant question: Who was the leading scorer in WPI's first half century of basketball? Answer: Harry Brown, with 964 points. And who was the first WPI player ever to average as many as 16 points per game in a single season? With his 16.9 points-per-game average in 1952-53, we believe you know who it was.
Harry, you led WPI into its second half-century of basketball with distinction. You averaged 14.2 as a sophomore, 14.2 again as a junior, and 16.9 as a senior. Those were exceptional figures in that day and age. In 1952-53, your 287 points also established a WPI single-season record.
To top it all off, following that '52-'53 season, you were named honorable mention All-New England. Those were the days when both the university division and college division post-season awards were lumped together, making it difficult for a small college player to receive recognition.
Of particular pride is the fact that in your four years, including the final season during which you were a co-captain, WPI never once lost to Clark or Assumption.
While on campus, you were a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, serving as president your senior year. You were also your class president as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and were a member of Skull, the Varsity Club and the AeroClub. You also played baseball for four years and soccer for one.
A semi-retired sales engineer, you now reside in Great Barrington, Mass.
Harry Brown, for your unique accomplishments as a WPI basketball player, it is with great honor that the University inducts you into its Athletic Hall of Fame.