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Help me remember the name this former UMass player

Post by Shook187 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:56 pm

Hi guys its a lazy Sunday and I'm reminiscing of some UMass basketball with my brother and we try to figure the name of this player..

He was a big old country boy who never got any playing time but had one big game and he looked Unstoppable for that one game. Not sure if it was a early 2000 or late 90 UMass team.

He was big he was white and he was fat.


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Post by TruBluMaroon » Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:08 pm

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Jeff “Big Deli” Savloski played in 2004-2005, he played every game (28); albeit under 10 mins a game. He had 21 pets in a triple OT gave vs Xavier. From Bristol Central , (CT) HS.
Guessing it’s him..
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Re: Help me remember the name this former UMass player

Post by Shook187 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:10 pm

TruBluMaroon wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:08 pm
Shook187 wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:56 pm Hi guys its a lazy Sunday and I'm reminiscing of some UMass basketball with my brother and we try to figure the name of this player..

He was a big old country boy who never got any playing time but had one big game and he looked Unstoppable for that one game. Not sure if it was a early 2000 or late 90 UMass team.

He was big he was white and he was fat.

Yeah that was him I was brain stump now can you remember his one big game, who was it against?


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Jeff “Big Deli” Savloski played in 2004-2005, but he played every game (28); albeit under 10 mins a game. From Bristol Central , (CT)
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Post by Old Cage » Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:17 pm

His one big game is the great part: Deli scored 21 in a 3 OT win over Xavier!
"Jack didn’t have any envy in him," Calipari said. "He was the greatest coach to ever coach here."

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Re: Help me remember the name this former UMass player

Post by Sheck » Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:34 pm

How big is your deli?
Not my flagship. OUR flagship.

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Post by capezona » Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:19 pm

Sheck wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:34 pm How big is your deli?
About the size of a Subway.

Don't remember Big Deli's size - would guess 6'9", maybe 240. He averaged 2.9 pts and 2.3 rebs. He left after the season and enrolled at Trinity.

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Post by TruBluMaroon » Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:33 pm

^ UM bio had 6-11, 325

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Post by bmc24 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:34 pm

I remember that Xavier game. Big snowstorm that day. I’ll never forget the echo of Lappas yelling to Deli where he needed to go on the offensive sets. The empty arena made that simple.

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Post by 69MG » Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:25 pm

I was also at the game. I just kept thinking, "Who is this huge lump who is single handedly keeping us in the game?" It's too bad that he didn't really enjoy basketball. He had some skills but never gave it a chance.

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Post by JoleonLescottsHair » Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:48 pm

I’m not from New England, but is Bristol, Connecticut really considered “the country?”

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Post by TruBluMaroon » Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:28 pm

I believe it was the resemblance to NBA and former Oklahoma State player, Bryant “Big Country” Reeves which triggered the “country” reference.

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Re: Help me remember the name this former UMass player

Post by BostonBert » Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:16 pm

Travis Ford was not much of a “Big Deli” fan. :lol:

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Post by Floyd » Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:40 am

One of the best nicknames for a UMass player.
How about a list of UMass player nicknames?

Was Julius called The Doctor in his UMass days?
Another I liked was The Takeover Jesse Morgan
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Post by m626t » Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:31 am

^
To my recollection, Julius was not referred to as The Doctor during his UM days here in Western Mass. However, per Wiki, he received the nickname "Doctor" or "Dr. J" from a high school friend named Leon Saunders.

Peter "Cougar" Gayeska is my favorite UM player nickname, with Big Deli a very close second.
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Post by Old Cage » Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:25 am

With his completely shaved head, Winston Smith was called "Bulb " at least by his teammates. He is on the right edge of my photo here.
"Jack didn’t have any envy in him," Calipari said. "He was the greatest coach to ever coach here."

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