James Eugene Oxley
James Eugene Oxley

Class of 1970

Jim Oxley helped Army to three consecutive trips to the prestigious National Invitational Tournament. At the time, the NIT was the top national postseason basketball tournament in the country and the Black Knights appeared in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

A 1970 graduate, Oxley served as team captain of the 1969-70 squad that won an Academy-record 22 games and finished third in the NIT. He averaged 15.6 points per game that season, three more than his team-leading average the prior season.

Oxley helped Army post a 60-21 record in his three seasons and collected a host of honors along the way. He was chosen for the Helms Athletic Foundation All-America squad, an honorable mention All-American by Converse Yearbook and a third-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District member.

The first player in Academy history to be chosen in the National Basketball Association draft, Oxley was selected in the fifth round by the New York Knicks as the 89th overall pick.

Oxley served as a Special Services Officer before joining the medical corps as an internal medicine physician. The Chief of Internal Medicine at West Point's Keller Army Hospital from 1981-85, Oxley is now the Vice President for Medical Affairs/Medical Director of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System and Orange Regional Medical Center.