Eight College Basketball Greats Selected as the 11th Induction Class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2016, consisting of six prolific players and two highly successful coaches, to be inducted November 18 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2016) – DePaul’s Mark Aguirre, Kansas State’s Bob Boozer, Illinois State’s Doug Collins, La Salle’s Lionel Simmons, UCLA’s Jamaal Wilkes and Georgia’s Dominque Wilkins headline the players in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s induction class of 2016. Joining them for the 11th enshrinement ceremony are multi-school coaching legends Hugh Durham and Mike Montgomery. The Class of 2016 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential 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 Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22.
Tickets to the induction ceremony will be available to the general public in September. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.
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Mark Aguirre, Player, DePaul University
AP, USBWA, UPI and Sporting News National Player of the Year (1980)
James Naismith Award winner (1980)
Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1980, 1981)
Led DePaul to the Final Four as a freshman in 1979.
Selected No. 1 in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.
Bob Boozer, Player, Kansas State University
Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1958, 1959)
Led K-State to the Final Four in 1958 and No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll in 1959.
Averaged 25.2 points per game—the second most in school history.
Selected No. 1 in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but delayed going pro in order to compete on the gold-medal and Hall of Fame 1960 Olympic men’s basketball team.
Doug Collins, Player, Illinois State University
Averaged 29.1 points per game over the course of his three-year career.
Named both an All-American and Academic All-American at the finish of each of his seasons, including becoming ISU’s first consensus first-team All-American in 1973.
Illinois State’s first recipient of a full basketball scholarship
School record holder for career points (2,240)
Selected No. 1 in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lionel Simmons, Player, La Salle University
Only player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and record 1,100 rebounds.
Scored 3,217 career points—the third most in NCAA history.
Naismith, Wooden, AP and NABC College Player of the Year (1990)
Consensus first-team All-American (1990)
NCAA record for most consecutive games with double-figure scoring (115).
Jamaal Wilkes, Player, UCLA
Part of the record-setting UCLA 88-game win streak (1971-74)
Three Final Four appearances with two national titles (1972-74)
Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1973, 1974)
Three-time first-team Academic All-American (1972, 1973, 1974)
Member of the 1971 UCLA 20-0 freshman team with Greg Lee and Bill Walton
Dominique Wilkins, Player, University of Georgia
Second-team All-American (NABC, UPI) and third-team All-American (AP) in 1982
SEC Player of the Year (1981)
Averaged 21.6 points per game in his three collegiate seasons (1979-82)
Selected No. 3 overall in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
Coached by fellow inductee Hugh Durham at Georgia.
Went on to a legendary NBA career with nine All-Star selections, seven All-NBA Team selections and one NBA scoring title (1986).
Hugh Durham, Coach, Florida State University, University of Georgia, Jacksonville University
First and only coach in NCAA Div. I history to lead two different schools to their lone Final Four appearance (Florida State, Georgia).
First and only coach in NCAA Div. I history to be the all-time most successful coach at three universities (Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville).
Recruited and coached Florida State’s first African American basketball scholarship athlete in1966-67.
Coached fellow inductee Dominque Wilkins at Georgia (1979-82).
Came out of retirement at age 60 to help rebuild the Jacksonville program, transforming it into a conference contender.
Mike Montgomery, Coach, University of Montana; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley
Took over a Stanford program that had been absent from the NCAA Tournament for more than 40 years and returned the Cardinal to the Tournament within three seasons.
Reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times at Stanford with 10-straight second-round appearances and a trip to the 1998 Final Four.
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2000)
Four-time Pac 12 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)
Recorded 25 winning seasons out of 26 as a head coach at Montana, Stanford and Cal.
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
November 18, 2016
2016 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration
November 18, 2016 - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
VIP Packages and Sponsorship Packages will be available soon.
Tickets will go on sale in September 2016
Media that wish to cover the Hall of Fame Induction will require a Credential.
CBE CLASSIC at Sprint Center
MONDAY & TUESDAY EVENINGS
November 21 & 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, George Washington vs Georgia at 6pm, Kansas vs UAB at 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 22, the consolation game at 6:30pm, 2016 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at 9pm
Tickets for November 21-22 Championship Round games at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO can be purchase HERE.