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Bill Raftery is one of the most charismatic and insightful basketball analysts on national television today. For more than two decades, Raftery has entertained CBS and ESPN audiences with his colorful commentary and trademark expressions. Raftery became a broadcaster after a distinguished career as a basketball player and coach. He was a New Jersey high school legend, amassing All-State selections in basketball, soccer, and baseball at St Cecilia High School in Kearny, New Jersey. On the basketball court, he set the New Jersey state scoring record with 827 points in his senior year while leading St. Cecilia to the state championship. He ended his high school career with 2,192 points, which at the time was also a state record. He went on to LaSalle University, where he led the team in scoring as a sophomore at 17.8 points per game and was team captain as a senior. Bill was drafted by the New York Knicks. He was head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison (1963-68) and Seton Hall (1970-81), and is fourth on the all-time wins list at Seton Hall with 154 victories. He joined CBS in 1983 for its coverage of the NCAA Tournament and has been a “March Madness” fixture ever since. He is analyst for CBS/Westwood One’s coverage of the NCAA Final Four. Raftery has also served as game analyst on regional telecasts for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is a studio analyst for NBA-TV. Bill was selected to receive the 2006 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The prestigious award is given annually to one member of the electronic media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

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