Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner, John Havlicek, Ed Ratleff and Charlie Scott Headline 10th Induction Class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Coaching legends Don Donoher, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles and Lou Henson round out the Class of 2015 to be inducted November 20 in Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 17, 2015) – Kansas State’s Rolando Blackman, Indiana’s Quinn Buckner, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, Long Beach State’s Ed Ratleff and North Carolina’s Charlie Scott headline the players in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s induction class of 2015. Joining them for the 10th enshrinement ceremony are legendary coaches Don Donoher of Dayton, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles of Langston and Lou Henson, who coached at Hardin-Simmons, New Mexico State and Illinois.
The Class of 2015 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. Tickets will be available to the general public online beginning August 1, 2015. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center, which will serve as the venue of the annual CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The annual four-team tournament will take place at the end of the enshrinement weekend on November 23-24 and will feature Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern. Tickets for the Classic will be available through www.axs.com and www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, as well as by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at the Sprint Center box office starting Friday, March 20.
ROLANDO BLACKMAN, Player, Kansas State University
Big 8 Player of the Year (1980) under Coach Jack Hartman at Kansas State
Three-time first-team All-Big 8
Three-time Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year
Four-time NBA All-Star
QUINN BUCKNER, Player, Indiana University
Three-year captain in four years under Coach Bob Knight at Indiana
Key member of the 1976 undefeated Hoosier team that won the NCAA title
Had a career record of 108-12 with the Hoosiers, including 59-5 in conference play
10-year NBA veteran and 1984 NBA champion with the Boston Celtics
JOHN HAVLICEK, Player, The Ohio State University
Helped the Buckeyes to their only NCAA title with a 25-3 record in 1960
Two-time All-American (third-team 1960, second-team 1961) with a career record of 78-6 at Ohio State
16-year NBA veteran, with eight NBA titles and 13 All-Star selections
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (1984)
ED RATLEFF, Player, Long Beach State
Two-time first-team AP All-American (1972, 1973) under Coach Jerry Tarkanian
Two-time PCAA Conference Player of the Year (1972, 1973)
Holds Long Beach State record for career scoring average (21.4 ppg)
Helped Long Beach State to three NCAA Tournament appearances
CHARLIE SCOTT, Player, University of North Carolina
ACC Athlete of the Year (1970) and two-time All-American (1969, 1970)
Played in two Final Fours under Coach Dean Smith (1968, 1969) and is sixth in career scoring for UNC
First African-American scholarship athlete at UNC
NBA Champion (1976, Boston Celtics)
DON DONOHER, Coach, University of Dayton
Coached entire 25-year career at Dayton, becoming their all-time winningest coach with 437 wins
Earned eight NCAA Tournament appearances
1967 National Championship runners-up
Assistant coach to Bob Knight on the gold-medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team
C. FELSON “ZIP” GAYLES, Coach, Langston University
Coached 35 years at Langston University, also coaching football and baseball
Won 51 straight games from 1944-46 and earned two National Negro Championships
As a trailblazer for integration, he tried to organize a game with Henry Iba’s Oklahoma A&M team, but his request was rejected by the A&M Board of Regents
Member of the Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame (1974) and NAIA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (1984)
LOU HENSON, Coach, New Mexico State/University of Illinois
Retired as the all-time winningest coach at two universities: University of Illinois (423) and New Mexico State (289)
Coached NMSU to the school’s only Final Four appearance (1970)
Led Illinois to a Final Four appearance in 1989, one of only two in Illini history
Amassed 779 career victories
November 20, 2015
Pre-Induction festivities will be held at the College Basketball Experience (CBE) at Sprint Center. The Induction Ceremony will be staged at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland in downtown Kansas City, MO.
1:00 - 1:55PM ~ News Conference with Honorees & Presenters, Center Court at The CBE
6:00 - 7:00PM ~ VIP Reception at The CBE (Reception Style with Food Stations & Beverages)
8:00 - 9:45PM ~ Hall of Fame Induction Awards Show at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland
CBE CLASSIC at Sprint Center
MONDAY & TUESDAY EVENINGS
November 23 & 24, 2015
TEAMS: Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern
The four regional hosts of a 16-team tournament advance to Kansas City for the two-day, nationally-televised CBE Classic finals at the Sprint Center.
The Induction Celebration will be televised nationally on ESPNU. All games of the CBE Classic basketball tournament will be televised on a combination of ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame opened October 17, 2007 within the 41,500 square foot "College Basketball Experience" facility at the new Sprint Center arena in downtown Kansas City. The CBE is a state-of-the art entertainment experience that contains hands-on, interactive basketball activities. It features experiential exhibits that immerse fans in the game of basketball, as well as special tributes that celebrate the history of men's collegiate basketball. The CBE is operated by the NABC Foundation, the non-profit arm of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland is a 1,800-seat theater located in downtown Kansas City. It re-opened in September 2008 following a $28 million renovation. The theater, which has become part of the Kansas City Power & Light District project, has been converted into a live entertainment venue.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach, to serve as "Guardians of the Game." The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. The organization is headquartered in downtown Kansas City, MO.
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Sponsorships are available ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 and include tickets to both the VIP Reception and Induction Ceremony in addition to marketing opportunities in association with the event. For more information, contact Tracie Dittemore at 913-681-6990, ext. 114.