Thomas Salvino

Thomas  Salvino

Men's Basketball

Hall of Fame:


Thomas Salvino was a member of the LMU men's basketball team from 1953-56. In an era when freshmen were not allowed on collegiate varsity rosters, Salvino had just three seasons to make his mark on the program. At the time of his induction Salvino ranked 24th in career free throws made (255), 19th in career free-throw attempts (378), 30th in career rebounds (464) and 26th in career rebound average (6.6 rpg). The Lions went a combined 43-37 during Salvino's three seasons, including a 16-9 mark in 1954-55, which resulted in the first collegiate sponsored postseason tournament appearance for the program - the NAIA National Championship. In 1955-56, the Lions joined the California Basketball Association, which, two years later, formed the West Coast Athletic Conference. LMU finished second with a 9-5 record and Salvino earned second team all-conference honors. During his final season at LMU, Salvino was the team's leading rebounder at 9.0 boards per game. For his career, Salvino averaged 11.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg.