Before Herb Magee became the face of the Philadelphia University men’s basketball program, there was Charles “Chick” Barnes.
A member of the inaugural Philadelphia University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 1984, Barnes has the distinction of the being the school’s first All-American and the first player in school history to record 1,000 career points.
A three-time Delaware Valley Conference All-Star, Barnes was the conference’s leading scorer in 1955-56, 1956-57, and 1957-58. Barnes was named the Outstanding Small College Player in the Philadelphia-area and to the Philadelphia Area Small College Team as a junior and a senior. He earned the “Player of the Week” honor from the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association in 1956-57 and 1957-58, making him the first small college player to earn the award in consecutive seasons.
After pouring in 20.2 points per game during the 1955-56 season, Barnes stepped up his scoring in his junior campaign as he recorded a career-best 27.5 points per game in 20 games—the sixth-best average in the NCAA that year—and scored his 1,000th career point against National Aggies on Jan. 30, 1958 with a then-school record 44-point night.
As the team’s senior captain, Barnes averaged 25.2 points per game, earned All-American status, won the Palumbo Award for the being the highest scorer in the Philadelphia-area, and led Philadelphia Textile Institute to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
He is currently sitting seventh in program history in career scoring with 1,842 career points.