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Blast From The Past: Bob Scrabis


By Jon Teitel


September 1st

CHN's Jon Teitel will be bringing you a series of interviews with former Ivy League stars in the coming months.  This week he focuses on Princeton's Bob Scrabis, an integral part of the 1989 team that almost upset Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.

Bob Scrabis: Guard, Princeton, 1985-1989, 2-time All-Ivy first-team, 1989 Ivy Player of the Year, finished his career with the 4th most points in school history (currently #6) and most 3-point field goals made (currently #5).


Stats        G     FG%       3P%        FT%        PPG
85-86      25     50.6         N/A         79.2         8.2
86-87      25     57.2         43.4        87.1         14
87-88      26     52.7         48.2        86.1         16.1
88-89      26     45.3         39.6        83.3         15    

TOTALS 102    51.2         43.4       84.4          13.4


1. What professional teams have you played for since graduating?  I tried out for the New Jersey Nets in 1989, but I strained my hamstring on the second day and eventually left camp.


2. If your playing days are already over, what are you up to these days?  I am a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ.

3. What was the best moment of your college career?  Winning the Ivy League title at Harvard (Princeton beat Harvard 73-64 on March 4, 1989) and the Georgetown game (Scrabis had his shot blocked by Georgetown?s Alonzo Mourning in the final seconds as #1-seed Georgetown held on to beat #16-seed Princeton 50-49 on March 17, 1989 in the first round in one of the most famous games in NCAA Tournament history).

4. What are the major differences between the professional game and the college game? The college game is more pure to the ideas of sport and teamwork.  I was very disillusioned by the business/money side of professional sports.

5. What are the major differences between Ivy League play and other Division 1 play?  In the Ivy League, games are usually played on Friday and Saturday nights.  This equates to long road trips and back-to-back game nights.  Preparation for the games is rather unique: preparing for 2 opponents in the same week.  Our coaches did a tremendous job of preparing us for upcoming league games.  Also, the academic load is greater.  Whereas at other schools, athletes may be admired for their sacrifice/discipline, in my opinion the Ivy academic world looks down upon athletes ("you got in because you play sports").

6. Who was the best player you ever played with?  Joe Scott (the current head coach at Princeton), Princeton?s starting point guard from 1985-1987.  Joe was my teammate for 2 years at Princeton, and I also played with Joe in summer leagues and other events.  He knew the game better than anyone I ever played with or against, and was a fierce competitor. 

7. Who was the best player you ever played against?  Lionel Simmons (1990 National Player of the Year at LaSalle): we could not stop him.


8. What advice do you have for current Ivy players who want to make it to the pros?  The odds are against you, but there are tremendous opportunities overseas, so go for it.

9. What advice do you have for current Ivy players who are not sure what to do if they cannot make it to the pros?  Be prepared at a young age to work extremely hard, be open-minded to new experiences, and value your relationships with your current teammates.


Learn more about the author Jon Teitel and how to contact him here.





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