Basketball is the sport where Leo Corkery made a name for himself and in the process became one of 1993's Hall of Fame inductees.
Corkery first attended St. Peter & Paul and then Jamestown High School. He graduated from Jamestown in 1947. He tried out for the high school basketball team but failed to make the squad in 1945. Thus, he took his talents to the YMCA Church Basketball League from 1945-1947.
Corkery averaged 17.8 for the semi-pro Jamestown Vikings during 1948-1949 in the Penn-York League and also won "Most Valuable Player" awards in 1951-1952 at tournaments in Jamestown, Buffalo, Warren and Brookville, Pennsylvania.
He entered St. Bonaventure University in 1947-1948 and later became quite an accomplished performer for Coach Ed Melvin. After playing on the freshman team, Corkery was elevated to the main squad in his sophomore year. He made his debut in 1948-1949 by scoring four points and throughout that season showed lots of potential.