Athletic Hall of Fame 1999 - Yaris
Joseph K. Yaris (1973-1975)
Joe Yaris was a student at Alfred State College from 1973-1975. He was a member of the Men's Basketball Team and became one of the greatest rebounders in school history. In 1975 at the regional playoff game, he grabbed 28 rebounds in one game to help Alfred defeat Erie Community College. This still stands as the school record for rebounds in a single game. In addition, Joe holds the college records for most rebounds per game with a 15.3 average and 460 rebounds in a single season.
In 20 games Joe had double-doubles, scoring over 10 points and grabbing over 10 rebounds in a game. Joe averaged 19.1 points per game in his second year. In 1975 Joe was named the Senior Male Athlete of the Year and was also the MVP of the basketball team.
After graduating with an AAS degree in design and drafting he received a full scholarship for basketball at Keene State in New Hampshire.