The gregarious Levane, who was 92, was remembered at funeral services last week at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Irmo.
“I got to know Fuzzy at Clair Bee’s Camp All-America that was attended by all of the great coaches in the country,” said St. John’s Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca. “Fuzzy was always a wonderful guy, he made people feel very comfortable. He knew the game very well but never thought he was a genius. He was truly one of the great figures in St. John’s and New York City basketball history.”
A member of the 1942-43 NIT champions, Levane was a main cog in one of St. John’s most successful seasons in history. He was named the Haggerty Award winner by the New York writers and left a colorful record on the history of both New York City and St. John's basketball.
Levane went on to play professionally in basketball’s National League, then in the Basketball Association of America and eventually the NBA. He later became a coach and a scout for the New York Knicks.