The mid 60’s produced some of the finest boys basketball teams in school history at Livingston High School under the direction of legendary Coach Jack Waddon. Names like Cece, Bresin, Schultz, Bosworth, Nisenson, Hill, Higgins and Krantz were synonymous with winning records, championship seasons, packed gyms and great basketball during the decade.
For the true hoops junkies and basketball historians though, between the years of 1963 and 1966, Livingston was considered the hometown of the most heralded basketball player to ever come through Livingston High School. That player was Parade All-American, Bob “Whitey” Dukiet.
Bob “Whitey” Dukiet blazed through both the scorebooks and opponents during his 4 – year career at Livingston High School. With comparisons to New York Knick legend Bill Bradley, Whitey was a double figure scorer for all 4 years of his career, and today, is still the leading scorer in boys basketball history at Livingston. As a senior, he averaged 34 points per game while topping 40 points several times, and hit the historic 50 points in a single game against Morris Hills on January 18, 1966. (A single game scoring record that still stands today) More impressively though, these scoring accomplishments took place decades before the 3 point shot was instituted in high school basketball.
Along the way during his historic senior season, Whitey attracted the attention of NBA Hall of Famer and Celtic great, Bob Cousy who came to Livingston to recruit Whitey to play at Boston College. “I still remember him as a player. He was the complete package — a guard who could do everything,” said Cousy. Following his senior year at Boston College, Whitey was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 11th round of the NBA draft.
Upon completing his playing career, Whitey spent time as a college assistant at Dartmouth, Montclair State and Princeton. In 1979, Dukiet landed his first head coaching job at Division I St. Peter’s College. At St. Peter’s, he led the program to new heights, gaining national attention by knocking off nationally ranked Michigan St. in 1983, and defeating local Big East opponents Seton Hall and UConn. In his 7 seasons at St. Peters, Dukiet produced 4 – 20 win seasons. With a reputation as a “players coach”, it was not long before larger schools came calling. In 1986, Dukiet was hired as the head coach at Marquette University where he spent a few years before finishing his coaching career with much success at Gannon University.
In honor of both his legendary basketball career as a player, and distinguished career as a college basketball coach, Livingston High School is proud to host the Whitey Dukiet All-American Holiday Classic.
1:00 Pope John Girls vs. Wayne Hills Girls
3:00 Morris Knolls Boys vs. Clifton Boys
5:00 Cranford Girls vs. Livingston Girls
7:00 Vernon Boys vs. Livingston Boys
1:00 Girls Consolation Game
3:00 Boys Consolation Game
5:00 Girls Championship Game
7:00 Boys Championship Games