If ever there was a true hometown hero in the game of basketball, it was Phil Harlow. As a talented young player, Harlow made a major decision to break from a family tradition and attend Bishop Ludden instead of Blodgett Vocational/Corcoran High. He became a star at Bishop Ludden in basketball and track, setting records in each sport.
During his basketball career playing for coach Terry Quigley, Harlow was a three-year varsity member. In his memorable 1968-69 season, Harlow led the Gaelic Knights Green Machine to an undefeated 21-0 season and No. 1 ranking in New York State. Harlow was the scoring champion that year with 23.6 ppg. He earned first team All-City, All-State and All-American honors. He also took home MVP honors at Ludden for his play in the Liverpool Holiday, Annual Boys Club and Blessed Sacrament tournaments. He was the 1969 recipient of the Grand Street Boys Ormond Spencer Award.
Harlow surprised many when he decided to bypass scholarships offers from more prominent programs to play at Le Moyne College. While at Le Moyne, he put together four stellar seasons for hall of fame coach Tom Niland. Harlow started at guard for all four years, scoring 1,823 points (second in school history). He averaged 21 ppg for his career (highest in school history) including his 23.6 average in 1971-72, which is a Dolphin record that still stands today. He also shares the record for the most points scored in a single game (41). He was named to several All-American teams and was nominated for the Naismith Hall of Fame award for the game’s outstanding player under 6-feet tall.
Harlow serves as a Vice President at Xerox Corporation in Rochester and is the co-founder Bridge Builders Ministries.
1968-69: Led Bishop Ludden to a 21-0 season and No. 1 state ranking
1969: Recipient of the Grand Street Boys Ormond Spencer Award
1971-72: Set Le Moyne College record for scoring average (23.6 ppg)
Member of the Le Moyne Gold Wave Hall of Fame and the Syracuse Urban Hall of Fame