PHILADELPHIA - In a luncheon held at the Palestra this afternoon, the Philadelphia Big 5 inducted former Penn guard James “Booney” Salters into its Hall of Fame. Following the ceremony, he spoke with the Penn Sports Network's Brian Seltzer, as did Bob Weinhauer, Salters' Quaker coach, and his former teammate Tony Price.James Salters Interview Bob Weinhauer Interview Tony Price Interview
Salters received his honor along with three other standout players: Donnie Carr of La Salle, Rap Curry of Saint Joseph’s, and Claudrena Harold of Temple. The Class of 2008 will also be honored at halftime of the Penn-Saint Joseph’s game at The Palestrathis Saturday, January 19.
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. In 1979, he quarterbacked the Quakers to a spot in the Final Four with Michigan State (led by Magic Johnson), Indiana State (led by Larry Bird) and DePaul (led by Mark Aguirre).
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 Penn in nearly every offensive category, leading the Quakers 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, he provided the winning bucket in Penn’s 50-49 victory over Princeton in the Ivy League playoff game that season, and 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. The youthful Penn team went 17-12 overall, but was 11-3 in Ivy play and tied Princeton for the League title.
As a junior, Salters 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 two points against No. 3 North Carolina earlier in the tournament. For his efforts, he 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 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, averaging 9.5 per game. He had 258 career assists and 122 career rebounds.
About the other honorees...
Donnie Carr was a prolific scorer at La Salle University where he led the Big 5 in scoring in three different seasons during his career (1996-00). A four-time First Team all-Big 5 selection, he finished his career as the fourth highest scorer in Explorer history with 2,067 points. He also is the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 308. The Philadelphia native played his high school ball at Roman Catholic.
Rap Curry was a standout guard for Saint Joseph’s from 1990-94. He was an All-Big 5 Second Team selection three times and ranks second on the Hawks’ all-time assist list with 580. Curry also led his team in steals during three seasons and accumulated 195 steals to rank 7th on the SJU list. He stands at 19th on St. Joe’s all-time scoring list with 1,372 points. Rap grew up in Landsdowne, PA and played at Penn Wood High School.
Claudrena Harold ended a stellar three-year career (1994-97) at Temple with 1,251 points and currently ranks ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list. A three-time All-Big 5 honoree, she led the Owls in scoring in every season she played and had a single game high of 33 points against St. Bonaventure. Her hard work in the classroom earned her a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team in 1997. Claudrena was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and starred at Ribault High School.