Was the all-time leading scorer for the Marquette Warriors - he finished with 1773 points despite playing only 3 varsity seasons (with no three-point line); His Marquette record lasted for 40 years until the 2008-09 season, when Jerel McNeal surpassed him with 1,985 points; One of the most unappreciated talents in the ABA; Showed flashes of brilliance during his five years in the ABA, but was relegated to playing for some of the league's shakiest (and least successful franchises) - Pittsburgh and Memphis; Because of this, he never played in a single ABA playoff game; Despite being only 6'2", was primarily an inside force - best known for driving the lane and drawing fouls; In Pittsburgh, teamed up with John Brisker to form a deadly 1-2 scoring punch - during the Condors' last season of 1971-72, his scoring average jumped to 27.0 points per game; Jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire when the Condors folded - the Memphis Tams (another ABA doormat) picked him in the dispersal draft of ex-Condor players . . . Led the ABA with 549 free throws made during the 1972-73 season with Memphis; Holds the all-time ABA record for free throws attempted in a single game with 29 on October 14, 1972 (Tams at Conquistadors) - he made 24 of them; Played in the 1972, 1973 and 1974 ABA All-Star Games (representing the Condors in his first All-Star Game, and the Tams in his last two All-Star Games); Also represented the ABA in the 1972 NBA vs. ABA "Super Game" held at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island; After putting up with cheapskate Charlie Finley and the hapless Tams for two seasons, he finally jumped to the NBA; Ended his career with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1974-75 season; He scored 8,114 combined ABA/NBA points (with 7,334 in the ABA).
O'Brien's 1971-72 and 1972-73 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
|Career ABA Totals||364||12048||2954||6349||.465||101||381||.265||1937||2548||.760||1276||1336||1007||--||--||7334||3.5||3.7||20.1|
|ABA All-Star Totals||3||60||14||27||.519||0||2||.000||2||2||1.000||3||5||3||--||--||30||1.0||1.6||10.0|