Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Fred Marberry

Fred Marberry was a slender 6" 1" jumper who waited until his final year at Manual High School to put big numbers on the scoreboard. Then, playing for James Goff at Illinois State University, a dozen years before the school entered Division I play, Marberry began a collegiate career that was eclipsed at l.S.U. only by Doug Collins.

When his 85-game college career was over, Marberry had scored 1,881 points and averaged 22.1 points per game. Only the 29.1 average of Collins is greater in l.S.U. annals, and only Collins and Billy Lewis who scored 1,962 points in 110 games, had more points.

Fred was voted l.S.U.'s Most Valuable Player in 1955 and again in 1956. In 1956, he also was named to the Converse Yearbook NCAA Division II team. He still holds I.S.U. records for most free throws attempted in a season (244) and in a career (621).

Following his brilliant college career, Marberry joined the Harlem Globetrotters; and for the next four years from 1960-1964, he entertained thousands across the Nation with his flashy ballhandling skills. He was further honored by being voted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Since his basketball days, he has been a teacher, businessman, and entertainer in the Chicago area.