It didn’t stop with high school of course. Vic was the starting center for Oregon State University all four of his years, led that team in scoring and led not only his team, but the nation in field goal percentage for two years with marks of .661 and .623. And none were slam dunks!
We didn’t even know what a dunk was; these were all shots that resulted from an unbelievably soft shooting touch from a very big man. Not bad for a guy that was pushed and shoved and double teamed at every step. Seven footers drew a lot of attention in those days and Vic grew very close to that number.
Vic graduated from Oregon State University in 1970 and immediately began a professional career in the NBA and the Italian professional league. He retired from the game in 1978.
The very modest Victor Bartolome is now a Senior Account Analyst at UCSB and his wife, Barbara, is a travel agent with Celebrity Travel. He is involved with Kid’s World, Santa Barbara High School, Old Spanish Days, and Endowment for Youth benefit basketball games. He enjoys travel and military history.
His father, Bart, was the SB airport manager and his mother was Student Director of the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Scott, Erin, Colin, Juli and Tory, who range in age from 1 to 16, will be applauding when dad accepts his induction into the Hall of Fame. So will we, Vic!