George Bougher Jr., a native of
Washington, started his basketball career at the Washington YMCA under
the coaching of physical director Brady Marble.
He played four years at Washington High School and was starting center
on a section championship team in 1935, his senior season. He was
offered a scholarship at Washington & Jefferson by head basketball coach
Adam Sanders, who was seeking to revive the success of a program which
had not had a winning season in six years.
In Bougher's first year of eligibility as a sophomore, the Presidents
had a 12-8 record and added 15-5 and 14-6 records. One of the losses
during that period was by four points to Long Island University, then
ranked as one of nation's top teams.
Among Brougher's teammates were former Washington High School coach Bill
Laughlin; Eddie McCluskey, a legendary coach at Farrell High School and
Buddy Jeannette, later a professional player and coach.