Connie Hawkins a star basketball player at Boys’ High School in New York City, and one of the most talented players in the nation in the late 1950s, came to Schenectady to play against some of our area players at the YMCA on lower State Street. He drew a standing room only crowd. Hawkins was a 6’6″ sky walker, who could begin at the top of the key, take two long strides, elevate, and stuff the basketball. His leaping ability and acrobatic skills fit the mold of a Julius Erving. Later, as an NBA player, Hawkins averaged 16.5 points and 8 rebounds per game.