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Joe Holup
Joe  Holup

Basketball (Inducted 1977)



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Joe Holup ('56) played varsity basketball for the Colonials, scoring 2,226 points and accumulating 2,030 rebounds in his GW career. In his freshman year, Holup was the team's top scorer, netting 19.4 points per game. He held career records in scoring average (21.4), field goals (756) and free throws (714). Holup held the GW record for most career points (2,226) until 2003. He also holds the mark for season rebounding average, points in a game (49), free throws in a game (25) and field goals in a game (18). During his freshman and senior years, Holup led the team in scoring, including records of 23-3 and 24-6. In one season, he averaged 25 points and 23 rebounds. In his time, Holup also led the nation in field goal percentage two of his four seasons and in rebounding his senior year.

Holup made first team All-Southern Conference all four years, and made third-team Associated Press all-American his senior year. He was also named to the United Press International and Academic All-American teams. For two years at GW, he played alongside his older brother, John. The brothers helped the Colonials secure their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to North Carolina State 75-73 and finished ranked 12th in the country.

After graduation, Holup was drafted in the first round by the NBA's Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76erse) and was later acquired by the Fort Wayne Pistons, who later moved to Detroit. He played on NBA teams for some five years before joining General Electric Company, where he was a site manager.

Holup, who died in 1998, was married to Lenora, and they had four sons, Joseph, David, James and Keith, and two daughters, Linda and Karen.