MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Rudolph (Rudy) Hackett.
Hackett, who was born in Mount Vernon, turns 63 on Tuesday.
Hackett, a retired professional basketball player, was born May 10, 1953. He was a 6-foot 9-inch, 210-pound forward and played collegiately at Syracuse University.
Hackett was selected with the first pick of the third round in the 1975 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz and in the third round by the Spirits of St. Louis in the 1975 ABA Draft. He played for the Spirits, New York Nets and Indiana Pacers over two seasons. Hackett also played professionally in Italy. He is a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Southern California Trojans men's basketball team, for whom his son, Daniel Hackett, played in college.