Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Dominick A. (Dom) Flora '58

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Dominick A. (Dom) Flora was a dazzling four-year starter on the Washington and Lee basketball team from 1954 to 1958.

Known for his deadly jump-shooting ability and flashy, but crisp ball handling skills, Flora averaged 21 points per game over his career at W&L. He finished his career with 2,310 points, the fifth highest point total in college basketball at the time and still the highest point total in Washington and Lee history. Flora was a master at scoring, even against defenses that were designed specifically to stop him.

Flora, who graduated in 1958, was named to the first team of the Helms Foundation All-America in 1958, a team that included such players Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, and Wilt Chamberlain. He was named player of the year in the Southern Conference and the Virginia Big Six, and was named to the Associated Press All-Southern Conference team for two consecutive years.

Flora was also a star on the baseball diamond, where he played short-stop as a freshman, second base as a sophomore, and centerfield and pitcher as a junior and senior.

Flora's aggressive style of play in basketball enthralled fans in virtually every gymnasium visited by the Generals. The essence of a Dom Flora performance was captured by Bill Brill of The Roanoke Times & World News:

"Flora left the fans gasping with one bit of razzle-dazzle, on which he dribbled with his left hand, jumped into the air, switched the ball behind his back to his right hand, and made a jump shot. It was worth the price of admission."

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