In the mid-1960s, Jeff Neuman was as synonymous with Stan Pawlak, as peanut butter is to jelly.  The duo led the Quakers to its first-ever official Ivy League Championship in 1965-66, a year that no Penn basketball fan is certain to forget.  For it was that season that Penn was prevented from participating in the NCAAs for refusing to comply with a new NCAA mandate.

 

Neuman was the Quakers' second-leading scorer in 1965-66, averaging 18.8 points per game.  He recorded a season-high 12 free throws against Columbia on Feb. 18, 1966 and finished his senior campaign with first-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-Big 5 accolades.  Neuman picked up Jewish All-America and UPI honorable mention All-America honors, as well as being named the Arthur Kiefaber Most Valuable Player for Penn.

 

During his tenure on The Palestra hardwood, Neuman led the Quakers from the free throw line for three consecutive seasons and was ranked seventh in the nation in free throw accuracy with an 86.6 percentage in his senior campaign.  Neuman was also a part of the 1966 team's No. 7 NCAA ranking in scoring defense (62.7).  He was a three-time, first-team All-Ivy League honoree and a two-year member of the Philadelphia Big 5 first team.  Neuman graduated with 1,187 career points, which is currently 19th on the all-time Penn list. 

 

The Penn guard was selected in the sixth round of the National Basketball Association draft in 1966 by the Baltimore Bullets.  Neuman was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a second-team selection to the Ivy League 25th Anniversary Basketball Team.

 

"Although he was from Altoona, Jeff had all the qualifications of a Philadelphia guard - intelligence, the ability to find the open man and a complete awareness of the game.  Calling him a Philadelphia guard is the extreme compliment and he is well deserving." - Bob Vetrone, La Salle University, Philadelphia Big 5

 

 “Jeff was a point guard who was ahead of his time.  The things he did in 1966 are the things NBA and college coaches absolutely look for in their lead guard today.  He played with a flair.  I had the ability to get open, and I could depend on getting the ball in the right place, exactly when I wanted it, every time.  His quickness was superb and he wanted to win.  There was never a doubt about him being able to take care of the ball and his foul shooting in the clutch won us many games.” — Stan Pawlak, C’66