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Lovellette selected for Hall of Fame

March 7, 2012


— Former Kansas standout Clyde Lovellette and Georgetown great Patrick Ewing lead a 10-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

The class was announced Tuesday in Kansas City.

The two post players will be joined by North Carolina’s Phil Ford, Wyoming’s Kenny Sailors, Grambling’s Willis Reed and Winston-Salem State’s Earl Monroe.

Also inducted will be Joe B. Hall, who followed Adolph Rupp as the coach of Kentucky, and Dave Robbins, who won more than 700 games at Virginia Union.

Businessmen Jim Host and Joe Dean will go in as contributors.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. The following night, Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M; and Washington will play in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint Center.

“All of these individuals have played key role in the growth and foundation of our wonderful and great game,” said Reggie Minton, the deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the chairman of the Hall of Fame selection panel.

Lovellette in many ways laid the blueprint for how Ewing played his position. The 6-foot-9 center was a three-time All-American for coach Phog Allen at Kansas, and was the nation’s top scorer in 1952, when he was voted most valuable player of the NCAA Tournament.

Before becoming one of the NBA’s best post players, Ewing was a dominant center for the Hoyas of coach John Thompson, earning consensus All-America honors three straight years.

The 7-foot center helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA championship game as a freshman, where they fell to North Carolina. He cut down the nets as a junior when he led Georgetown past Houston, and was part of one of the NCAA tournament’s greatest upsets when eighth-seeded Villanova beat the No. 1 seed Hoyas 66-64 for the championship his senior season.

Ewing later played for two gold medal-winning Olympic teams, and amassed more than 24,000 points and 11,000 rebounds during a Hall of Fame career for the Knicks.

Ford was the first freshman to start the first game of his career under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith at North Carolina, and was the national player of the year as a senior.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Ford, who played for the Kings, Nets, Bucks and Rockets in the NBA. “Truly one that caught me off guard.”

Monroe never caught anybody off guard. Playing for Clarence “Big House” Gaines, he averaged 41.5 points per game and led Winston-Salem State to the Division II title in 1967.

“The Class of 2012 has incredible roots in college basketball,” Minton said.


Shelley Bock 6 years, 2 months ago

"off guard"? I thought Ford was always a point guard.

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