Joseph J. Tebo
Joseph J. Tebo
Hometown: Grafton, MA
Team: Basketball

Joseph J. Tebo '58
Hometown: Grafton, MA
Sport: Basketball
Year Inducted: 1976

Joseph J. Tebo '58, a first-team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore, is the highest scoring guard in Brown basketball history. The last of the great two-handed set-shooters at Brown, Tebo ended his varsity career with 1319 points, at that time a new University record. Even now, nearly 20 years later, only two Bruins have come along to top Tebo's total. The 5-10 guard from the small town of Grafton, Mass., via Wilbraham Academy, had great springs in his legs that enabled him to go up over 6-4 forwards and get off his shot. He was an exceptionally deadly jump shooter and was a great dribbler, with the ability to shoot with either hand while driving to the basket. "Joe Tebo unquestionably had the finest all-around offensive skills of any player during my years at Brown," says his coach, Stan Ward. "Joe knew exactly how to use the post, shooting over it or driving left or right to the hoop. If he hadn't suffered a severe ankle sprain in his junior year, I doubt that his scoring records would ever have been broken. He could shoot that well." Joe Tebo had 351 points his freshman season and then set a varsity record with 541 points as a sophomore. He had big nights that year, such as 35 against Princeton and 38 in the Penn game, but his all-time high was 41 against Cornell as a junior in a tremendous exhibition of downtown shooting. On another night, he beat Harvard by tossing in a jumper with two seconds left. Tebo still holds three Brown records - most field goals taken game (32), season (535), and career (1325), all of which prompted his classmate and friend, Gerry Alaimo, to say: "Joe didn't shoot much. Only when he had the ball." Joe Tebo is administrative assistant with Atlantic Richfield and living in La Canada, California.