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Great basketball player at the high school and college levels … restaurateur … girls’ basketball coach … active in supporting local youth activities.
That is Joe Reddick.
Joe played at Vocational, which became Corcoran, and was a first-team Central New York City League all-star in 1965-66 and 1966-67. He was second team as a sophomore.
As a junior, Reddick averaged a solid 15.2 points per game, playing second fiddle to nonpareil Jimmy Collins — a Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Famer who was selected the No. 1 high school hoop star to come out of Central New York.
That season produced one of the all-time anticipated City championship games (CNY City League vs. Parochial League; Corcoran vs. St. John the Evangelist).
With Collins’ departure for college stardom at New Mexico State, Reddick became Top Banana. At 5-foot-11, he had quickness, a 20-foot jump shot and strength to take it to the basket. He and Howie Harlow formed one of the best schoolboy backcourts in this city’s history.
Reddick was the cog as Corcoran won 93.3 percent of its games its first two years. As a senior, he averaged 22.1 points per game in leading the Cougars to a Section III Class A title. He was named to the All-Central New York basketball team that season.
In the same poll ranking Collins the top CNY schoolboy, Reddick is No. 9. Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Greg Paulus is also Top 10. And what a combo Paulus-Reddick would have been!
Collegiately, Joe starred at Albany State College, an NAIA school in Georgia. He led his team to a 32-8 record and berth in the final round of the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City.
A late-round pick in the 1972 American Basketball Association draft by the Dallas Chaparrals, forerunners of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, he did log time with the ill-fated Syracuse Centennials.
Joe delved in the restaurant business as proprietor of Joe Reddick’s Sports Bar. He began coaching Cazenovia High School girls’ basketball team in 2000, coached Morrisville State, and has always been giving of his time to help our area youth.
An Urban Sports Hall of Famer, Joe Reddick now becomes a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.