the questions that seemed to contradict the tweet made me look
Jave is second on the all time assist leaders behind Glen Williams. Roger Breslin is 3rd at 475
Glen Williams scored 638 points. Thus, according to official NCAA stats, Jave is the only HC player ever with 1000 points and 500 assists.
Hoops might have bene watching a lot of game film and dug up more data. Assists were not an official stat in the 40's. Not a total stretch to guess that Cousy might have dished out 500 assists in his time at HC.
Obviously someone before assists were recorded as a stat. Likely someone who sometimes passed the ball so not a Palazzi or Heinsohn
Seriously though, more likely someone who played four years (as opposed to the no freshmen era) making it hard for the Blaneys of the world. I'll take a stab at Kaftan with no clue how often he passed the ball. There aren't too many 1000 point scorers who played four years before the assist became a recorded stat
I agree that Wendy is a possible number 3. Joe Kelly was the primary point guard for Wendy’s first two years. Wendy was the primary scorer-distributor his senior year. It is possible he had 500 assists in 3 years. Your Blaney guess is also possible. I had a teammate of his in mind.
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Jave had 510 assists his final three seasons on teams that averaged 63 ppg twice and 70 ppg once
Those 3 seasons encompassed 92 games. Tim Shea played in 75 games. Not impossible, but especially with the shorter season in the pre-assist era, I think it unlikely anyone got to 500 assists in 3 years back in those days.
Of course, there is no way to prove or disprove either theory and your guess is as good as mine. That's what makes these message boards tick