Brian Saunders
Brian Saunders
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Basketball

Brian Saunders '77
Hometown: New York, NY
Sport: Basketball
Year Inducted: 1984

Brian Saunders '77 achieved more than a modicum of success on the basketball court long before he entered Brown. Playing his high school basketball at Trinity School in New York City he captained the team twice, scored 2,213 career points, and was All-League three times and All-City after his senior season. An excellent student, Brian also had time to dabble at football, baseball, and track. He was projected as a "can't miss" college prospect, was widely recruited and ended up at Brown. His freshman season on College Hill was just a continuation of all the success he had achieved in high school. He led the Cubs in scoring with 406 points, was second in field goal accuracy with a 48.7 mark, and was third in rebounding. He poured 38 points home in the opener against URI and later had a 37-point game. Brian Saunders was still wearing the "can't miss" label. It would be nice to say that he continued his success at the varsity level. And he did. Statistics can sometimes be boring, but stay with these for a moment: Brian ended his career with 1,288 points, fourth on the all-time list. His 16.6 per game average was fifth, and his 549 field goals put him number one in that category. On a seasonal basis, his 222 field goals in 1975-76 set a new Brown mark. There were other accomplishments, such as 519 points as a senior (6th best) and a 20.0 scoring average that year (8th best). Brian Saunders was a leader both on and off the court. He captained the Bruins of Coach Gerry Alaimo his junior and senior years, led the Ivy League in scoring as a junior, and was a first team All-Ivy choice in both 1976 and 1977. His only regret was that he played on teams that won only 27 of 88 games. Brian Saunders has his M.B. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a labor counsel for Exxon Corporation in Thousand Oaks, California.