John Sieba Roosma
John Sieba Roosma



Class of 1926
Basketball/Soccer/Baseball

Army's first 1,000-point scorer, John Roosma was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation All-America team in 1926. A five-time letterwinner in basketball, he closed his career with 1,126 points, an extraordinary total for that era. In fact, the figure was not eclipsed by another Army player for three decades.

Roosma was a two-time All-East honoree (1925-26) and helped Army win an Academy-record 33 consecutive games during one stretch of his West Point career (1921-23). He averaged 24 points per game as a plebe and starred for the Black Knights' undefeated squad the following year.

The first and only Army player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1961), Roosma once set a world record by sinking 99 of 100 free throws in 1934. He later bettered that mark by making 139 of 140 free throws.

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