ERNIE DIGREGORIO - Superstar at Providence College and in the NBA

After leading the Providence Friars to the 1973 Final Four, All-American Ernie DiGregorio was selected 3rd overall in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Buffalo Braves. DiGregorio had an immediate impact in the NBA, averaging 15.2 points and a league leading 8.2 assists per game on his way to winning the 1973-1974 Rookie of the Year Award. DiGregorio also had 25 assists in one game during his first season, setting a rookie record that still stands today. Unfortunately, DiGregorio’s NBA career was shortened due to injuries. He would only play six seasons, mostly with the Braves, then sparingly with the Lakers and Celtics at the end of his career.