Gallup, Miller elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

TROY – Two more standout Gloversville High School basketball players will be inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.

E.J. Gallup and Bob Miller will join Chris Ciaccio, Byron Miller and coach Don Landrio as members of the Hall of Fame during its fifth annual induction ceremony Sunday at the Hilton Inn in Troy.

Gallup, a 1999 graduate of GHS, was a Foothills Council and Section II Class B first team all-star in 1998 and 1999 and Foothills Player of the Year as a senior. He was co-captain of the Dragons 21-3 Foothills Council championship team and Class B Sectional runner-up. Gallup wrapped up his Dragons’ career with 991 career points.

He continued his playing career at the University at Albany and was selected the Great Danes’ Most Valuable Player. He set the freshman single-season scoring and 3-pointers records and was a preseason first team America East selection. In his sophomore season, he led the Division I scoring after five games and knocked down 38 points against Siena.

Gallup transferred to Coastal Carolina and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2004.

After college, Gallup signed first-league contracts in Holland, France and Germany. He won the 3-point shootout at the all-star weekend in the German Bundesliga in 2008 and also led the league in 3-pointers made. He has had tryouts with the Charlotte Bobcats and the New York Knicks.

He is a two-year captain for the Albany Legends and is closing in on becoming the second player in team history to score 1,000 points.

“My first thought was ‘Wait, I am not done playing yet,” Gallup said about his thoughts when notified of the honor. “It means a lot to be included alongside the great representation that Gloversville already has in the Hall of Fame.”

Gallup credited several people who have backed and helped him throughout his career.

“I definitely have to thank my Mom and Dad for everything they have done and my sister for keeping her eye on me my whole life,” he said. “I had great coaches like Cal Robinson and Ed Collar, coming up through all the programs. Coach Collar was a good friend growing up and used to open the gym for me and was there with advice for me.

“I really have to thank coach Landrio. He was always there to help me out with advice, and all the players I played with. Coach Landrio has gone on record taking the blame for taking me out too early in some of the blowouts and finishing with 991 points.”

Miller, a 1965 graduate of Gloversville, played three years for Coach Jack Kobuskie and finished his playing career with 1,384 points. The 6-foot-4 athlete netted 377 points as a sophomore, 484 as a junior and 523 in his senior season, all set without the 3-point shot. All were school records at the time of his graduation. He also held the single-game scoring mark of 41 points. In three years of varsity competition, Miller failed to score in double-digits only once.

He was the only basketball player to be named to the Western Conference All-Star team for three consecutive years and was also the conference’s top scorer from 1963-65.

As a senior, Miller was listed by Basketball Scholastic Magazine as one of the top players in the East and was mentioned in the High School Athletic Journal as an All-American.

After high school, Miller continued his playing career at Toledo University, where he scored 878 points and pulled down 480 rebounds in 64 games between 1966 and 1969. In his final year at Toledo, he averaged 20.3 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game.

2013 Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

Coaches: Brian Beaury, Bill Scanlon.

Referees: Joe Moseley, Tim Wendt

Players: Bob Miller, E.J. Gallup, John Rucker, Dr. Lou Jordan, Marty Canavan, Eric Cooper, Mark Shufelt, Chris Rutnik, Adam Urspung, Micahel Van Schoick, Dave Bleau, Derrick Rowland, Ed Catino, Bill Telaskey, John Dieckelman, Dan Clemente, Todd Duval, Nicole Conway, Lori Perretta.

Barry Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award: Howard Garfinkel.

Sam Perkins Sportsmanship Award: Mike Long

John Cahill Community Contributor Award: Jim Hart

Media Recognition: Steve Amedio

Love of the Game Honor: Nicole Lee