7. Bob Lavoy – (1948-50) – (6’7″ Center – Aurora, Ill.)
After serving in the U.S. Army in WWII Bob Lavoy began his career on the Hill in 1948 and went on to earn All-American honors in 1949 and 1950. Lavoy played for three Topper squads which compiled a 78-12 record and captured a Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference title as well as a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships in that league’s first two years of existence.
Three three teams Lavoy played on competed in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in Madison Square Garden and when he left Hill, Lavoy owned five school records and was just the second roundball player at the time to score 1,000 points.
He ranks 34th among Hilltopper all-time career scoring leaders today and his 671 single-season points for the 1949-50 squad is the seventh highest single season total in the WKU record books.
He was a member of the first two All-OVC squads and played professionally with the Indianapolis Olympians, the Milwaukee Hawks and the Syracuse Nationals. He served as head basketball coach at the University of Tampa for eight seasons and is also a member of the Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame and the Aurora (Ill.) East High School Hall of Fame.