Arnold L. Berman
Arnold L. Berman
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Team: Basketball

Arnold Lewis Berman '72
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Sport: Basketball
Year Inducted: 1978

Arnold Lewis Berman '72 needed a suitcase when he graduated to hold the 17 Ivy League, Brown, and New England scoring records he set during his illustrious three-year varsity career. The 6-7 center became the highest scorer in Brown history with 1,668 points, more than 300 points higher than former leader, Mike Cingiser '62. A native of Short Hills, N.J., Berman set a Brown season record for points (658) and foul shots (250) and career records for field goals (516), best average (21.7), and rebounds (878). As a senior he broke the nine-year old record of Princeton's Bill Bradley by tossing in 25 foul shots against Cornell. Known as "The Gym Rat," Berman played basketball 365 days a year. He was the first man out on the courts for practice and the last to leave. The only reason he didn't take the basketball to class with him is that it was impractical. There were no hoops to shoot at. "Arnie Berman is Brown's greatest basketball story," says former Bruin coach Gerry Alaimo. "With limited ability as a freshman he developed into the best scorer, foul shooter, and rebounder we have ever had. And all these achievements were the result of endless hard work and conditioning. As far as Arnie was concerned, there was no off-season for basketball." In 1971-72, Arnie Berman led all New-England scorers with a 25.3 average and was voted the area's "Player of the Year." When Brown opened it's 1972 season against Maryland, the spotlight was on Tom McMillan, Maryland's heralded sophomore who was a Sports Illustrated cover boy when he was still in high school. Maryland won the game but Berman won his individual with McMillan before 18,000 fans by hitting 13 of 20 field goal attempts and ten of 12 free throws for 36 points. The gentle giant was 10th in the nation in scoring as a senior and was one of 15 recipients nationally of NCAA post-graduate fellowships for combined excellence in academics and athletics. He was selected Jewish Athlete of the Year in Rhode Island, was Rhode Island Athlete of the Year, as selected by Words Unlimited, and was drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Braves of the NBA. Later that year, Berman represented the United States on an A.A.U. basketball team that toured the Soviet Union and Israel. He earned an M.B.A. at New York University and a law degree from the University of Miami. Berman is an attorney in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Sondra.