Mont Pleasant/Xavier Star Billy Kirvin

Billy Kirvin, a 1958 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady, gave Capital Region opponents fits during his playing days.  Kirvin is always mentioned among the greatest players in Red Raider history.  He graduated as Mont Pleasant’s all-time single- game and career scoring leader.  Kirvin moved on to Xavier of Ohio, where he was a three-year starter and scored 1,088 career points.  He was a two-time Catholic Digest All-American and an AP All-America Honorable Mention in 1961 and 1962. He was named the Mont Pleasant Athletic Club Athlete of the Year in 1962.   Kirvin played in the NCAA Tournament in 1961. He  finished his career with six Xavier records and was inducted into their Basketball Hall of Fame.  A slick playmaker with a deadly jumpshot, Kirvin  was drafted by the Warriors of the NBA and the Steers of the ABL.  In the late 1960s, Kirvin was a member of the Schenectady Wedekind Pro/Schaefer Brewers basketball team, playing  alongside guys like Barry Kramer (Linton/NYU)), Armand Reo (Troy/Notre Dame), Joe Geiger (Catholic Central/Xavier), and Dave Bleau (Cortland State).

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