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National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Elvin Hayes, Houston
Hayes or The Big E, as he was known to Houston fans, is Houston’s all-time leading scorer (2,884) and rebounder (1,602) and averaged an astounding 31 points and 17.2 rebounds per game for his career from 1965-68. He arrived on campus as one of the first two African-American basketball players for coach Guy V. Lewis and led the Cougars to an 81-12 record. He took Houston to the school’s first two NCAA Final Four appearances in 1967 and 1968. Sandwiched in between heartbreaking NCAA semifinal losses to UCLA was the “Game of the Century.” On January 20, 1968, Hayes scored 39 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Houston defeated No. 1-ranked UCLA and snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak. Played in the Houston Astrodome, the game was the first nationally televised regular-season contest and was played before a record-breaking crowd of 53,000 spectators. Hayes is the only three-time All-American in school history and was the 1968 national player of the year.
Bob Hopkins, Grambling
Grambling’s Hopkins averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds a game for the Tigers from 1953-56. He was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American under Eddie Robinson – who was not only Grambling’s football coach but also the Tigers’ basketball coach at the time – and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1961. Hopkins is Grambling’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader and led the Tigers to two conference championships.
Marques Johnson, UCLA
Johnson, a 6’ 7” forward, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game in his career. He helped lead John Wooden’s 1975 Bruin team to an NCAA title with a win over Kentucky. It was Wooden’s 10th NCAA title. He retired following the season and was replaced by College Basketball Hall of Famer Gene Bartow. Johnson was the consensus national player of the year his senior year when he averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Tom McMillen, Maryland
McMillen led Maryland to a 73-17 record in the early 1970s. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for his career. He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference player twice and was the most valuable player of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament championship game – a 100-69 victory over Niagara. McMillen, a 6’ 11” power forward/center, was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team that won a silver medal after a controversial finish in the gold-medal game against Russia. He went on to be a Rhodes Scholar and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-93.
Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State
McDaniel or X, as he was known to Wichita State fans, was the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in both scoring (27.2 points per game) and rebounding (14.8 rebounds per game) as a senior in 1985. McDaniel finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,359) and was second in scoring (2,152). Playing for Wichita State from 1981-85, McDaniel was a first-team Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association All-American as a senior. He was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in both 1984 and 1985. He had nine career 20-point/20-rebound games – most in school history – and led the Shockers to two NCAA tournament appearances.
Loyola University (Chicago), 1963
The 1962-63 Loyola basketball team overcame tremendous racial pressures to defeat heavily favored Cincinnati in the NCAA championship game. For the first time in the game’s history, seven of the 10 starters on the court at the beginning of the game were black. Down by 15 in their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Ramblers climbed back into the game and won on a buzzer-beater by Vic Rouse in overtime. Along the way, they defeated two all-white teams, including
Gene Keady, Western Kentucky, Purdue
After spending two seasons in his first head coaching job at Western Kentucky, Keady spent 25 years at the helm of Purdue, where he compiled a 512-270 overall record to become the school’s all-time winningest coach. Keady was voted the national coach of the year year six times (1984, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000). He was the Big Ten coach of the year seven times, leading the Boilermakers to the conference championship five times. He was a three-sport letter-winner at Kansas State, playing football and baseball in addition to running track. Keady is currently a special advisor to head coach Steve Lavin at St. John’s.
Rollie Massimino, Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV, Cleveland State, Northwood
Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats’ coach and amassed 357 wins. Massimino’s 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino’s teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years. He currently coaches Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida.
George Raveling, Nike
As the current director of international basketball for Nike, Raveling has traveled all over the world to promote the game of college basketball. The Villanova graduate has deep roots in college coaching. As the head coach at Washington State, he led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament berths in 11 seasons. He then led Iowa to back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA berths. Raveling ended his coaching career at Southern California from 1987-94 where he led the Trojans to NCAA tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. Raveling was an assistant coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in Los Angeles.
George Killian, FIBA
Killian has advanced the sport of college basketball internationally through his involvement as president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and as a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Ohio Northern graduate spent his early years coaching high school and junior college basketball. He has also served as president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association’s baseball coaches hall of fame and basketball hall of fame. Killian has served as secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Track and Field Federation as well as serving on boards of directors for the governing bodies of U.S. basketball, gymnastics and wrestling. Most recently, he served as president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), sponsor of the World University Games.