Charlie Slack

"Charles Slack" redirects here. For the Congressman, see Timothy Slack.
Charlie Slack
College Marshall
Conference MAC
Sport Basketball
Position Forward
Jersey # 17
Career 1952–1956
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Nationality American
High school Pomeroy (Pomeroy, Ohio)
  • 2× First-team All-MAC (1955, 1956)
  • NCAA rebounding leader (1955)
  • Highest single season rebound average in NCAA history (25.6)
  • MAC all-time leading rebounder (1,524)
  • 1956 MAC champions

Charles E. "Charlie" Slack is an American former college basketball standout from the Marshall University. He holds the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I record for the highest single-season rebound average when he grabbed 25.6 rpg in 1954–55.[1][2]

Considered the greatest rebounder in college basketball history,[3] he had his Marshall uniform number (#17) retired in January 2000.[3] In his four-year career with the Thundering Herd, from 1952–53 to 1955–56, Slack compiled 1,916 career rebounds, which is third all-time behind Tom Gola's 2,201 and Joe Holup's 2,030.[4] Additionally, Slack's effort of 43 rebounds against Charleston (West Virginia) on January 12, 1954 is the second highest single game rebound total in NCAA history behind Bill Chambers' 51.[4] Slack owns the top four spots on Marshall's season rebounding average list with 25.6, 23.6, 22.2 and 16.3 rebounds per game.[5] A prodigious rebounder, he also scored 1,551 points during his career.[5]

Although he was drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1956 NBA Draft, he never played professionally.[6] He was, however, an alternate for the 1960 United States men's basketball team at the Olympics.[5] Slack was also a member of the varsity football team and was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985 for being a dual-sport star.[7]

See also


  1. "NCAA Men's Basketball: Single Season Records". Hickok Sports. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  2. "Mid-American Conference All-time Statistics". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  3. 1 2 Morlachetta, Jay M. (January 27, 2000). "Marshall rebounding legend's jersey retired". Marshall University. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  4. 1 2 "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 "Records" (PDF). Marshall men's basketball media guide 2009-10. Marshall University. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  6. "1956 NBA Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  7. "The Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame". Marshall University. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
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