LEXINGTON, Va. – John Bernard "Jay" Handlan '52, a 1990 inductee into the Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away on January 10 in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Handlan, 84, was one of the most prolific scorer's in the history of Washington and Lee basketball. He finished in the Top 16 in the nation in scoring all four of his seasons and completed his career with 2,002 career points, just the third player in NCAA history to eclipse 2,000 career points. His point total also ranks second all-time at W&L.
Handlan was twice selected to the All-Southern Conference team and he earned all-state honors all four seasons. He was a three-time Honorable Mention All-America pick and was selected to the Helms Foundation All-America team in 1951.
Handlan set two NCAA records during his career, making 18 free throws without a miss against Virginia in 1950, and taking 71 field goal attempts in a 97-82 win over Furman in 1951. The latter stood as an NCAA All-Divisions record until this season and still stands as a Division I record. His 66 points scored in that game still stand as the W&L single-game scoring record. He also holds the record for season (26.2 ppg) and career (21.3 ppg) scoring average.
Following graduation, Handlan was drafted by the NBA (Indianapolis) and the NFL (Cleveland) , but opted to play basketball in the National AAU League for the Goodyear Wingfoots for which he played four years.
A private family viewing was held in Ormond Beach and a memorial service and burial will be held in Haddonfield, N.J., at a later date.