One of the most successful basketball players to come from Syracuse, Dan Schayes made his mark at the high school, college and professional levels. A Jamesville-DeWitt graduate, Schayes scored 1,012 points in his high school career and led his team to the Onondaga League North title in 1977. He ended the year as a player in the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel before beginning his college career for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University.
The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Schayes played in 117 games during his SU tenure on the hardwood. He also set a Carrier Dome record for most rebounds in a game (23). Schayes accumulated 965 points and 635 rebounds at SU. As a senior, Schayes enjoyed his finest campaign in 1980-81 averaging 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. He also converted 166-of-202 free throws.
Schayes was a first round NBA draft pick, chosen 13th overall by the Utah Jazz. His NBA career was a model of consistency. He played for a remarkable 18 seasons, ending his career in 1999 with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets demonstrated why Schayes was a bonafide NBA mainstay. In seven full seasons in Denver, Schayes played in 76 games or more in five years, rarely beset with any long-term injuries. In 1987-88, Schayes averaged 13.9 points and grabbed 662 rebounds for the Nuggets. He spent his remaining years with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic.
He was honored by J-D in 1989 when the school retired his uniform number "55". In 2000, the Post Standard named Schayes the "Best male athlete to hail from CNY" and he was also named to the Syracuse University All-Century Basketball team. Schayes joins his father, Dolph, as a father and son duo in the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame.
Schayes worked as a broadcaster for ESPN, TNT and the Seattle Supersonics. He currently runs his own company, No Limits Investing, which specializes in creating safe, tax-advantaged income vehicles.
1977: Won gold medal for U.S. Team at the Maccabiah Games
1981: First team All-Big East; All-American and Academic All-American
1981: Drafted by the Utah Jazz
1989: Inducted into Jamesville-DeWitt Hall of Fame
1999: Retired from the NBA