---Niagara great Emilio "Zeke" Sinicola passed away on Monday morning, the school just announced.
Sinicola became the first Niagara player to pass the 1,000 career-point mark and finished his career with 1,188 points, which was then a Western New York record. Sinicola played for Niagara from 1948-51 where he was a member of Niagara’s first NIT squad, accomplishing the feat as junior in 1950.
As a senior, Sinicola earned All-American honors from the Sporting News (second team), Helms Foundation (third team) and Converse Yearbook (fourth team). Sinicola’s No. 19 jersey is one of five retired numbers hanging from the ceiling at the Gallagher Center.
Sinicola was drafted by the Fort Wayne Pistons with the No. 4 pick overall in the 1951 NBA Draft where he played until 1954. That draft also included St. Bonaventure's Fred Diute, who was drafted by Rochester in the third round.