(1933 - )
Lennie Rosenbluth (born
January 22, 1933, in New
York City) is a
retired American Jewish basketball player.
In 1957, he led the University
of North Carolina Tar Heels to a 32-0 record.
At 6’5”, Lennie
Rosenbluth averaged 27.9 points and 8.6 rebounds
per game during the regular season. The Helms
Hall of Fame named him “Collegiate
Player of the Year,” over Kansas's
This was North Carolina's first national
championship and it brought credibility to
the Atlantic Coast Conference.
His first year of varsity basketball in
1955, and he was the leading scorer of the
Tar Heels. He was named third team All-America
by averaging 25.5 ppg and 11.7 rebounds.
In 1956, he also achieved
All-America honors, but this time they were
split between various first and second team
selections. He was also named the ACC Male
Athlete of the Year in 1957. He again led
the Tar Heels in scoring with a 26.7 average.
In Rosenbluth’s senior season his
Tar Heels defeated Chamberlain’s Kansas
Jayhawks 54-53 in triple overtime. The UNC
forward scored 20 points in the championship
final, was the tournament’s overall
top scorer, 28.0 ppg, and was named to the
Throughout the years Rosenbluth has still
been honored for his athletic achievements
while at North Carolina. He was selected
to the "All-Decade Final Four" team for the
1950s. He is in the Helms College Basketball
Hall of Fame, and is listed as one of the "100
Greatest College Players of All-Time." Also,
Rosenbluth is a member of the International
Jewish Hall of Fame.
Other honors include three-time All-ACC
selections (1955-1957); 1957 ACC Player and
Athlete of the Year; MVP of the '57 ACC Tournament;
All-Tournament at three Dixie Classics. Until
Duke University's Christian Laettner, Rosenbluth
was the only collegians to be named NCAA
National Player of the Year , ACC Player
of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, and NCAA
regional MVP in the same season.
As of today, Rosenbluth
holds several UNC records including most
points in a single season (895), and highest
single season average (28.0).
His professional career included a brief
stint with the Philadelphia Warriors. He
was selected by the Warriors in the first
round of the 1957 NBA draft and played for
them from 1957-1959. He played in 82 games
for them and averaged 4.2 points per game.