Vernon Earl Monroe Player
Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 1990
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe's incredible spin moves, pump fakes, and dribbling expertise befuddled opponents. Playing for Hall of Fame coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines, "The Pearl" took Winston-Salem to the D-II National Championship in 1967, averaging an astounding 41.5 points per game as DII Player of the Year that same year. Monroe teamed with Wes Unseld to create a devastating fastbreak offense for the NBA Baltimore Bullets, then teamed with Walt Frazier to form a legendary backcourt that led the New York Knicks to the 1973 NBA Championship. He was a four-time NBA All-Star.
Where They Are Now
Television Commentator and commissioner of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation
Where They Were
Winston-Salem State University 1964-1967