One of the most prolific scorers in Washington and Lee basketball history, John Bernard (Jay) Handlan, '52, led the Generals in nearly every scoring category throughout his four years and stands today as one of W&L's greatest players.
A native of Wheeling, W. Va., Handlan finished his W&L career in 1952 with 2,002 points, placing him second only to Hall of Famer Dom Flora on the all-time W&L scoring list. Handlan's storied career included major college records at the time for free throw percentage in a game and shots in a game. He made 18 of 18 free throw attempts in a game with Virginia in 1950. In his senior season, Handlan attempted an amazing 71 shots and scored 66 points in a win over Furman. Handlan's 71 shots in that one game remains the longest-standing individual mark currently in the NCAA Record Book. Handlan also still holds the W&L records for season scoring average (26.2 points per game) and career scoring average (21.3 points per game).
Handlan was twice selected to the All-Southern Conference team and was an all-state pick four years in a row. He was a Helms Foundation All-American in 1951 and also was a three-time honorable mention All-American. He was ranked in the top 16 in the nation in scoring each of his four seasons at W&L.