Seven Basketball Legends, One Ground-breaking Team to be Inducted into College Hall of Fame Nov. 24

April 2, 2013

KANSAS CITY (April 2, 2013) – Former United States Congressman Tom McMillen, 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA and coaching legends Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2013. Joining them for enshrinement will be Bob Hopkins of Grambling and contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted.

The Founding Class members of 2013 will be announced at a later date. Founding Class members were automatically included in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and are gradually being inducted at the official event in Kansas City each year.

The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The hall of fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game. The College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 25-26 at Sprint Center. The four host teams will be announced April 15 and tickets go on sale the following day.

McMillen led Maryland to a 73-17 record in the early 1970s. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for his career. He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference player twice and was the most valuable player of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament championship game – a 100-69 victory over Niagara. McMillen, a 6’ 11” power forward/center, was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team that won a silver medal after a controversial finish in the gold-medal game against Russia. He went on to be a Rhodes Scholar and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-93.

Johnson, a 6’ 7” forward, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game in his career. He helped lead John Wooden’s 1975 Bruin team to an NCAA title with a win over Kentucky. It was Wooden’s 10th NCAA title. He retired following the season and was replaced by College Basketball Hall of Famer Gene Bartow. Johnson was the consensus national player of the year his senior year when he averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Grambling’s Hopkins averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds a game for the Tigers from 1953-56. He was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American under Eddie Robinson – who was not only Grambling’s football coach but also the Tigers’ basketball coach at the time – and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1961. Hopkins is Grambling’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader and led the Tigers to two conference championships.

After spending two seasons in his first head coaching job at Western Kentucky, Keady spent 25 years at the helm of Purdue, where he compiled a 512-270 overall record to become the school’s all-time winningest coach. Keady was voted the national coach of the year four times (1984, 1995, 1996, 2000). He was the Big Ten coach of the year seven times, leading the Boilermakers to the conference championship five times. He was a three-sport letter-winner at Kansas State, playing football and baseball in addition to running track. Keady is currently a special advisor to head coach Steve Lavin at St. John’s.

Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats’ coach and amassed 355 wins. Massimino’s 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino’s teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years. He currently coaches Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As the current director of international basketball for Nike, Raveling has traveled all over the world to promote the game of college basketball. The Villanova graduate has deep roots in college coaching. As the head coach at Washington State, he led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament berths in 11 seasons. He then led Iowa to back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA berths. Raveling ended his coaching career at Southern California from 1987-94 where he led the Trojans to NCAA tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. Raveling was an assistant coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in Los Angeles.

Killian has advanced the sport of college basketball internationally through his involvement as president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and as a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Ohio Northern graduate spent his early years coaching high school and junior college basketball. He has also served as president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association’s baseball coaches hall of fame and basketball hall of fame. Killian has served as secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Track and Field Federation as well as serving on boards of directors for the governing bodies of U.S. basketball, gymnastics and wrestling. Currently, he serves as president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), sponsor of the World University Games.

The 1962-63 Loyola basketball team overcame tremendous racial pressures to defeat heavily favored Cincinnati in the NCAA championship game. For the first time in the game’s history, seven of the 10 starters on the court at the beginning of the game were black. Down by 15 in their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Ramblers climbed back into the game and won on a buzzer-beater by Vic Rouse in overtime. Along the way, they defeated two all-white teams, including Mississippi State, which ignored a court order and traveled to play the game against Loyola.

“The Class of 2013 includes some of the smartest and strongest players of the game, loyal coaches and influential contributors, many of whom are still integrally involved in the college game,” said Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director of the NABC and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “And to be able to induct an entire team based on its ground-breaking impact makes this class special as well.”

In 2006 the first class was inducted into the newly formed National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That class included the game’s inventor, James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach in John Wooden. Since that time, six more classes have traveled to Kansas City for a weekend of festivities. Those classes have included the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Manning, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

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