PC Legend Marvin Barnes Passes Away at the Age of 62

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PC news release…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence College community was saddened to learn of the passing for former basketball great Marvin Barnes ` 74. Barnes has always been regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of Providence College.

“Marvin will always be remembered as one of the greatest Friars of all-time,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “He established so many records during his time as a Friar and will forever be linked with Coach Gavitt’s amazing team that reached the 1973 Final Four.”

Barnes was recruited to Providence College by legendary Coach Dave Gavitt. Barnes, a native of Providence, attended Central High School in the City. In Barnes’ junior season, he joined legendary Friars Ernie DiGregorio and Kevin Stacom to form a dominant trio that helped the Friars advance to the Final Four in 1973. During that season, he averaged an impressive 18.3 points and 19.0 rebounds per game.

As a senior in 1974, Barnes led the Friars back to the NCAA Tournament where the squad advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. In his final year with the Friars, he averaged 22.1 points and led the nation in rebounding at 18.7 boards per game.

At the conclusion of his senior season, Barnes was selected as the second overall pick in the first round of the 1974 NBA Draft. He chose to play in the ABA for the Spirits of St. Louis and earned Rookie of the Year accolades in 1975. After two years in the ABA, he spent the next four seasons (1976-80) in the NBA playing for the Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers.

“Marvin’s basketball career had a tremendous impact on the tradition of Friar basketball,” Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “I grew up in Providence and always knew what a special basketball player Marvin Barnes was at Providence College.”



Barnes established a number of records at the College, including most points in a game (52), field goals in a game (23), blocked shots in a game (12), rebounds in a game (34), blocked shots in a season (159), blocked shots in a career (363), rebounds in a season (597), career rebounds (1,592), season rebounding average (19.03) and career rebounding average (17.89). In three seasons of varsity action, Barnes averaged 20.7 points and 17.9 rebounds in 89 games. He ranks sixth all-time in scoring with 1,839 points. He grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game, a school-record 27 times over his three-year career.