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2011 INDUCTION CLASS

  • Cazzie Russell

    Cazzie Russell
    Cazzie RussellPlayer

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    As Michigan?s first basketball superstar, Russell could play any position on the floor. He averaged 27 points and 9 rebounds during his three year career. He led the Wolverines to three straight Big 10 championships and two consecutive Final Fours in 1964 and 1965. Russell was a three-time All-America selection and a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year.

    Where They Were
    University of Michigan 1964-1966



  • Chris Mullin

    Chris Mullin
    Chris MullinPlayer

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2011
    BIO

    Brooklyn born and raised, Mullin stayed close to home when he enrolled at St. John?s. He was a three-time Big East Player of the Year and the Red Storm?s all time leading scorer. 1985 was a banner year for Mullin as he led his team to the Final Four and earned the John R. Wooden Award as the nation?s best player. He won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1992 as a member of the Dream Team.



    Where They Were
    St. John's University 1982-1985



  • Eddie Einhorn

    Eddie Einhorn
    Eddie EinhornContributor

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    In 1958 Einhorn produced a nationally syndicated radio broadcast of the NCAA Division I Men?s Basketball Championship. Ten years later ? after founding the TVS Television Network to market college games to regional networks ? he was instrumental in arranging the ?Game of the Century? between Houston and UCLA in the Astrodome, a game that is largely credited with spurring the popularity and growth of the sport on television.

    Where They Were




  • Eddie Sutton

    Eddie Sutton
    Eddie SuttonCoach

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    He was the first coach to take four different teams to the NCAA tournament. As a member of the prestigious 800 win club, Sutton left his most indelible mark on his alma mater, Oklahoma State. He was a player for legendary coach Hank Iba and he used lessons from his mentor to re-build the tradition rich Cowboy program. Sutton led his teams to 14 NCAA Tournaments including the Final Four in 1995 and 2004 after taking over a program that made just three postseason appearances since 1957.

    Where They Were
    San Francisco 2007-2008
    Oklahoma State University 1990-2006
    Kentucky 1985-1989
    Arkansas 1974-1985
    Creighton University 1969-1974

  • James Worthy

    James   Worthy
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    James WorthyPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2003
    BIO
    As a 6'9", 225 pound forward, "Big Game James" Worthy was at his very best when a game was on the line. Along with teammates Sam Perkins and Michael Jordan, Worthy helped power Coach Dean Smith's Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship. He was named to the 1982 All-American team, the same year he was named Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Final Four. Worthy was selected Number 1 by Los Angeles in the 1982 NBA Draft and went on to help the Lakers win NBA Titles in 1985, '87 and '88. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 1988, seven-time NBA All-Star from 1986-92 and named One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
    Where They Are Now

    NBA Analyst for "Sports Central" and Co-Host for LTV, the Lakers pregame specials preceding the Lakers road games on KCAL 9 and CBS2 (Los Angeles)
    Where They Were
    University of North Carolina 1980-1982



  • Joe Vancisin

    Joe Vancisin
    Joe VancisinContributor

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    He was the head coach at Yale for 19 seasons, leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He left Yale in 1975 to become the NABC?s executive director for 17 years before his retirement in 1992. Under his leadership, the NABC debuted its college all-star game at the NCAA Final Four, elected its first African American president in Georgetown?s John Thompson and adopted a code of ethics.

    Where They Were




  • Ralph Sampson

    Ralph Sampson
    Ralph SampsonPlayer

    Inducted in 2011
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2012
    BIO

    Towering over the competition at 7?4, Sampson controlled the lane. He averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, and an amazing 3.5 blocks per game in his four years at Virginia. Sampson led the Cavaliers to an NIT championship his freshmen year and an NCAA Final Four his junior season. He is one of two players that have won three Naismith Player of the Year awards.



    Where They Were
    University of Virginia 1979-1983



  • Robert M. Knight

    Robert M. Knight
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Robert M. KnightCoach

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1991
    BIO
    Coach Bobby Knight owns the most wins of any head coach in NCAA Division I college basketball. Knight played on the 1960 Ohio State NCAA Champion team. He was assistant coach at West Point from 1963-65, then head coach from 1965-70. In 1971, Knight became head coach at Indiana University. Nicknamed "The General" for his tough, exacting approach, Knight coached the Hoosiers to three NCAA National Championships and one NIT Championship. He never had a losing season at Indiana. Knight coached the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team to a gold medal in 1984. Texas Tech hired Knight in 2001 to coach their Red Raiders. Knight led Texas Tech to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2005. He has been commended for high percentages of graduating players and was the 2007 recipient of Naismith Award for Men's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball.
    Where They Are Now

    Head Coach, Texas Tech University
    Where They Were
    United States Military Academy 1966-1971
    University of Indiana 1972-2000
    Texas Tech University 2002-2005