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By the time Al Bianchi finished his career at Bowling Green, the men's basketball record book had his name written all over it. As a junior in the 1952-53 season, the native New Yorker scored 596 total points, tying Charles Share's school record at the time. His 22.1 points per game average fell less than a point shy of the best in school history as well. These totals helped fill the void left by James Gerber's absence, and earned Bianchi team MVP honors.

The following year, Gerber returned to the floor, and the duo co-captained the team to a 17-7 record and an appearance in the NIT. Bianchi led the way, averaging 25 points per game, a school record, and topped his previous year's record with 600 total points. On March 1, 1954, he scored 42 points against Western Michigan, setting another BG record. Bianchi earned team MVP honors for the second straight year, and also was named to the All-Ohio and All-American teams for his efforts. His 1953-54 scoring average still ranks as the third best all-time at BGSU, while his point total marks from his junior and senior years both remain in the BG top ten.

Also a top player on the men's tennis team in 1953, Bianchi was drafted with the ninth pick of the second round in the 1954 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers, though he never played a game for the club. Instead, Bianchi played seven seasons with the Syracuse Nationals, averaging more than 10 points per game in two separate seasons. He finished his pro career in Philadelphia, playing three seasons for the 76ers. In ten pro seasons, Bianchi averaged 8.1 points per game, playing just under 20 minutes per contest.

He was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965.
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