Jerome Lane

Jerome Lane Sr. (born December 4, 1966) is an American former professional basketball player who played six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lane played college basketball for the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an All-American and led the NCAA in rebounding as a sophomore.

Jerome Lane
Personal information
Born (1966-12-04) December 4, 1966 (age 53)
Akron, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Vincent – St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
CollegePittsburgh (1985–1988)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1988–2000
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number35, 33, 34, 30
Career history
19881991Denver Nuggets
1992Indiana Pacers
1992Milwaukee Bucks
1992Oximesa Granada
1992–1993Cleveland Cavaliers
1993–1994La Crosse Catbirds
1994Rapid City Thrillers
1994Formula Shell
1994–1996Oklahoma City Cavalry
1996–1997Fórum Filatélico
1997–1998Caja Cantabria
1998–2000Idaho Stampede
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,154 (5.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,258 (5.8 rpg)
Assists322 (1.5 rpg)
Stats at

High school careerEdit

Born in Akron, Ohio, Lane played shooting guard for Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School and appeared in the McDonald's All-American Game.

College careerEdit

He joined the Pittsburgh Panthers in 1985–86 as a 170-pound freshman. By his junior season, the 6'6" forward was 60 pounds heavier. In 1986–87, his 13.5 rebounds per game made him the first player 6'6" or shorter to lead the country in rebounds per game (13.5) since Niagara's Alex Ellis in 1957–58. He left school after leading the Big East Conference in rebounding during the 1987–88 season.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Lane was selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd pick overall. Lane played in the NBA for five seasons with the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Lane shined in the Continental Basketball Association as a star for the Oklahoma City Cavalry. He was an all-star in the league from 1994–96 and led the league in rebounding in 1995 (11.8) and 1996 (16.8). After a successful stint in Spain he returned to the CBA and led the league once more in rebounding in 1999, pulling down 14.5 rebounds per game for the Idaho Stampede.

Playing styleEdit

Although best known for his rebounding skills, Lane was also an adept ball handler. His jump shot and foul shooting were never consistent. He was voted as the best rebounder in the history of the ACB.[2]

Shattering the backboardEdit

On January 25, 1988 in a college basketball game featuring Lane's Pittsburgh team playing Providence on a national television broadcast, Lane broke the glass backboard with a one-handed dunk with Sean Miller assisting on the play. Often referred to simply as "The Dunk", the play was famously called by color analyst Bill Raftery when he exclaimed "Send it in, Jerome!!"[3] The play is on ESPN's list of the "100 Greatest Sports Highlights"[4] and has been the subject of numerous articles even decades later.[5][6][7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

His son Jerome Lane Jr. is a wide receiver who is currently signed with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hruby, Patrick (March 10, 2011). "Jerome Lane dunks his way into history". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "ESPN: SportsNation Trivia - SportsNation". Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  5. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (January 24, 2013). "A Dunk and an Exclamation That Still Reverberate". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Yomtov, Jesse (January 25, 2013). "25th anniversary of Bill Raftery's 'Send it in, Jerome!' call". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Gorman, Kevin (January 24, 2013). "25 years later: Send it in, Jerome!". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Norlander, Matt (January 25, 2013). "Jerome Lane's famous backboard-breaking dunk is 25 years old". CBS Retrieved January 25, 2013.

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