Kevin Bass had an outstanding career at Iona College with the men’s basketball program from 1973-1977. In 98 games with the Gaels, Bass scored 1,729 points and had 652 rebounds and still owns the Iona record for free throws in a game (17).
Bass is fourth on the all-time Iona College scoring list averaging 17.6 points per game over his four year career. In 1975 he led the team with a 23.7 ppg average and at one time was the leading scorer in Iona College history, breaking Richie Guerin’s point mark in his junior season.
His name is still peppered throughout the record section including a career high scoring effort of 36 points against Marist (11/30/74). From 1973 through 1976 he led the team in free throw percentage and hit 132 free throws in 1976 (7th on all-time list). He is still number seven in scoring average in Iona College history.
Bass came to Iona from Alexander Hamilton High School. He was named to the All-Metropolitan team his junior and senior years and was honorable mention All-East and All-America after his junior campaign. While at Iona, many Gaels referred to the games as “Bass-ketball.” During his junior year, Bass had the unique experience of traveling through Africa while playing basketball and visiting the African countries. At the time, Bass and the group he was traveling with were the first Americans allowed in Guinea in ten years. Bass’s traveling team went 21-1 and won 19 straight games on the tour.
In his four year playing career Bass played for Gene Roberti for two seasons and Jim Valvano for two years. Bass helped lead the team to a 15-10 record in his senior season, the Gaels first winning mark in nine years.
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