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Friday | October 31, 2014 | 9:30pm

2010 INDUCTION CLASS

  • Christian Laettner

    Christian  Laettner
    Christian LaettnerPlayer

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    He may most often be remembered for his spectacular game-winning shot to top Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, but it was steady habits over four seasons that made Christian Laettner special. He helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final Four in each of his four seasons with the Blue Devils, who captured back-to-back national championships in his final two seasons (1990-91, 91-92). Ranked third in Duke history in career points (2,460) and rebounds (1,149), he holds the Blue Devils? record for free throws made with 713. Laettner was the third player taken in the 1992 NBA Draft and played 12 seasons in the NBA.

    Where They Were
    Duke University 1989-1992



  • Davey Whitney

    Davey Whitney
    Davey WhitneyCoach

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    His teams won 711 games in 35 years of coaching. The ?Wiz? brought his Alcorn State University program to heights that never seemed possible. The Braves dominated the Southwestern Athletic Conference with nine championships and little recognition until 1979, when Whitney guided his team to a berth in the NIT, one of the first for a historically black institution. Alcorn also upset in-state rival Mississippi State in the opening round. The next year, Alcorn earned a berth in the NCAA tournament, one of four for Whitney-coached teams, and topped South Alabama in the opening round. USA Basketball has recognized Whitney?s coaching talents on several national teams and he was the recipient of the NCAA?s first Journey Award in 1972.

    Where They Were
    Alcorn State 1969-2003
    Texas Southern 1964-1969


  • David Thompson

    David  Thompson
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    David ThompsonPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1996
    BIO
    Called "Skywalker" for his above-the-rim game, Thompson worked with teammate Marty Towe to create the "alley oop" play. He led North Carolina State to the 1974 NCAA semi-final overtime win against UCLA's "Walton Gang" and the National Championship game win over Marquette. He was Carolina's Athlete of the Year in 1973 and 1974 and was named All Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year three consecutive years from 1973 to 1975.
    Where They Are Now

    Returned to North Carolina State in 2003 he finished his degree in sociology.
    Where They Were
    North Carolina State University 1973-1975



  • Jerry A. West

    Jerry A. West
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Jerry A. WestPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1980
    BIO
    West played basketball for West Virginia University where "Mr. Clutch" was twice named an All-American. In 1959, he led his team to the NCAA basketball tournament championship game and West was selected the most valuable player for the tournament, even though his team lost. West won gold as co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team. As a pro player, West was fourteen times named a NBA All-Star. He is among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. His storied career included forty years with the Lakers, first as a player, then as head coach, then as general manager.
    Where They Are Now

    In April 2007, West announced he would step down from President of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies.
    Where They Were
    West Virginia University 1958-1960



  • Sidney Wicks

    Sidney Wicks
    Sidney WicksPlayer

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Sidney Wicks was one of those rare collegiate players who only experienced perfection. Wicks played on three of Coach John Wooden?s UCLA teams and helped lead the Bruins to NCAA championships from 1969-71. The 6-8 power forward was the Bruins? leading scorer (18.6) and rebounder (11.9) as a junior when he was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned national co-player of the year honors from the Helms Athletic Foundation. The second pick in the 1971 NBA draft by Portland, he played 10 seasons in the NBA and earned rookie of the year honors in 1972.

    Where They Were
    UCLA 1968-1971



  • Tex Winter

    Tex Winter
    N
    Tex WinterCoach

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2011
    BIO

    He was the first full-time assistant coach at Kansas State and helped Coach Jack Gardner and the Wildcats reach the 1951 national championship game. He became the head coach at Marquette at the age of 28 and stayed for two seasons before returning to Kansas State as the head coach. Winter guided the Wildcats for 15 seasons, won eight Big Eight titles and was the National Coach of the Year in 1958, when K-State was rated the number one team nationally by both wire services. His triangle offensive was and continues to be a key component to the 10 NBA Championships won by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers of the 90?s and 00?s.



    Where They Were
    Long Beach State University 1978-1983
    Northwestern University 1973-1978
    Washington 1968-1971
    Kansas State University 1953-1968
    Marquette University 1951-1953

  • Tom Jernstedt

    Tom Jernstedt
    Tom JernstedtContributor

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Not long after graduating from and working as an athletic administrator at the University of Oregon, Tom Jernstedt was hired by the NCAA as director of special events. He spent 38 years serving in various positions including chief operating officer, senior vice president and executive vice president, Jernstedt has been a steady and guiding force, especially as liaison to the NCAA Division I Men?s Basketball Committee. He has helped nurture the championship tournament through several expansion processes, not only in terms of the number of teams involved, but also in the size and scope of the venues, the revenues from marketing and broadcast rights, and the overall image as one of the world?s greatest sporting events.

    Where They Were



  • Wayne Duke

    Wayne Duke
    Wayne DukeContributor

    Inducted in 2010
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    He was the first employee hired at the NCAA by Executive Director Walter Byers in 1952 and wrote the first manuals for the NCAA basketball tournament and the College World Series. Duke also began the compilation of the elaborate NCAA record books and was a prominent force in cultivating media interest, especially with television. He became commissioner of the Big Eight Conference in 1963 at the age of 34 and moved on in 1971 to become commissioner of the Big Ten. Duke served on the NCAA Men?s Basketball Committee from 1975-81, when the tournament expanded from 32 to 40 to 48 teams, meaning teams other than conference champions could get into the field. He was also on the Basketball Television Negotiating Committee at a crucial time for the NCAA as TV money started to reach unimagined numbers.

    Where They Were