Anthony Wade Likins

Anthony Wade Likins

Organization: Men's Basketball
Year: 1982
Years Played: 1950-1953

A fluid scoring machine for Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University) from 1950 through 1953, Anthony Wade Likins not only led his team offensively, but was the state's dominant scorer as well.

Likins established a multitude of school records, many of which endure today. The first player in the program's history to scale the 1,000-point plateau, he finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer, pouring in 1,454 points. Likins set season records for points in a season (708), scoring average (30.8), most field goals (262), and most free throws attempted and made (251 and 154, respectively).  The 570 field goals and 314 free throws he converted over his career were also highs for the program.

For all of those records, Likins' crowning achievement may have been his 61-point outburst against Columbia School of Pharmacy on February 28, 1953. He connected on a school-record 24 field goals and 13 free throws in that contest.

Likins ended his collegiate career in style, dumping in 52 points versus Fordham School of Education in his final game, after a year in which he led all New Jersey players in scoring. In 1951-1952, Likins registered 516 points for a 25.8 average after netting 230 points in his first year with the squad. He led his teams to a 37-24 mark over his three years, including a 14-4 record n 1950-1951.

Likins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1953.