Clyde E. Lovellette Player
Inducted in 2006
Lovellette dominated college basketball from 1951-1952 and was the first man ever to play on NCAA, Olympic, AAU, and NBA championship teams. Clyde led the nation in scoring in 1951 and 1952 at the University of Kansas. Kansas won the NCAA Championship in 1952 and Clyde was named the tournament's most valuable player and was also named college player of the year. As a pro, Lovellette became one of the first big men to move outside and utilize the one-handed set shot, extending his shooting range and offensive repertoire. He had an 11-year career in the NBA, playing for the Minneapolis Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks, and Boston Celtics. He helped lead teams to NBA championships in Minneapolis in 1954 and Boston 1963 and 1964.