21. A sense of where you are.
      –John McPhee


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Author and Professor John McPhee ’53’s book about Princeton basketball legend Bill Bradley ’65 took its name from Bradley’s rationale for his ability to make blind over-the-shoulder shots: “There was no need to look, he explained, because ‘you develop a sense of where you are.’” Bradley set numerous Ivy League and collegiate records during his sophomore and junior years, then became the captain—and youngest member—of the gold medal-winning U.S. basketball team at the 1964 Summer Olympics. Senior year, he led Princeton to its highest-ever national ranking, placing third in the NCAA; in the final game, he scored a tournament record-breaking 58 points. A three-time All-American, Bradley upon graduation went to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, then joined the New York Knicks and contributed to their championship seasons in 1970 and 1973. He later served three terms as U.S. Senator for New Jersey and was a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000. Bradley received the University’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1987.