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Booney Salters

Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
HALL OF FAME CLASS IX: James J. "Booney" Salters W'80
Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania  
Release:  05/01/2014

One of the finest guards ever to wear the Red and Blue, Salters was a three-year letterman who played on three NCAA-qualifying teams at the University of Pennsylvania. Most memorably, of course, he quarterbacked the Quakers to a spot in the 1979 Final Four with Michigan State (led by Magic Johnson), Indiana State (led by Larry Bird) and DePaul (led by Mark Aguirre). Salters, who was a junior that season, played an important role in Penn’s unforgettable drive to the Final Four. In the regional final, his clutch 1-and-1 free-throw conversion clinched the win over St. John’s and sent the Quakers to Utah. His four shots were also the winning points against No. 3 North Carolina earlier in the tournament. For his efforts, Salters was selected second-team All-Ivy. The 1978-79 Penn team went 25-7 overall, 13-1 in the Ivy League, and tied for the Big 5 title with a 3-1 mark. As captain and the only senior on the 1979-80 Penn squad, Salters earned first-team All-Big 5 and was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. He paced the Quakers in nearly every offensive category, leading them in scoring (14.6 ppg), assists (101), field goals made (168) and free throws made (86). His 101 assists at the time was the ninth-best total in school history. In addition, Salters provided the winning bucket in Penn’s 50-49 victory over Princeton in the Ivy League playoff game that season, then led the Quakers into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. At the end of the season, Salters earned the team’s Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Player awards. A youthful Penn team went 17-12 overall, but was 11-3 in Ivy play and tied Princeton for the conference title before that win over the Tigers in the playoff. As a sophomore, Salters came off the bench and averaged 4.4 points per game for a Penn squad that went 20-8 overall, won the Ivy title with a 12-2 mark, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal. For his career, Salters scored 838 points (9.5 ppg) and also had 258 career assists and 122 rebounds. “Booney” also was a 2008 inductee into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame.

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