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Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 3:56am

2009 INDUCTION CLASS

  • Bill Wall

    Bill Wall
    Bill WallContributor

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    International basketball would not be the same without the contributions of Bill Wall. He oversaw numerous men?s and women?s Olympic gold medals throughout his 17 years with USA Basketball. Wall was instrumental in the transition that allowed professional basketball players to compete on the international stage. He created an exchange program allowing foreign players and coaches to visit and learn about basketball in the United States, which helped spark the global game we know today.

    Where They Were
    Director of ABAUSA/USA Basketbal 1975-1992



  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson

    Earvin "Magic"  Johnson
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Earvin "Magic" JohnsonPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2002
    BIO
    Magic dazzled fans with his skills as a passer, play-maker, shooter and rebounder. Johnson led the Michigan State Spartans to victory over Larry Bird and the previously-undefeated Indiana State Sycamores in the 1979 NCAA Championship game. He was a member of the 50th Anniversary NBA Team and a key member of 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team".
    Where They Are Now

    CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and Magic Johnson Theaters
    Where They Were
    Michigan State University 1978-1979



  • Gene Bartow

    Gene Bartow
    Gene BartowCoach

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    As National Coach of the Year in 1973, Bartow guided Memphis State to the National Championship game against UCLA. He succeeded John Wooden at UCLA in 1975 and took the Bruins to the 1976 Final Four. The following year, Bartow became the first athletics director and head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he led the Blazers to seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

    Where They Were
    Alabama Birmingham 1978-1990
    UCLA 1975-1977
    Illinois 1974-1975
    Memphis State 1970-1973
    Valparaiso University 1964-1970
    Central Missouri State University 1961-1964

  • Jud Heathcote

    Jud Heathcote
    Jud HeathcoteCoach

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    During his 19 years with Michigan State, Heathcote led the Spartans to nine NCAA Tournament appearances. He won the 1979 NCAA Championship led by Magic Johnson in a game that brought college basketball to new heights. Heathcote was the 1990 Coach of the Year and mentored current coaching giants Tom Izzo and Tom Crean.

    Where They Were
    Michigan State University 1976-1995
    Montana State University 1971-1976

  • Larry Bird

    Larry Bird
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Larry BirdPlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1998
    BIO
    College basketball would not be what it is today without "Larry Legend." He propelled tiny Indiana State University to the NCAA Finals in 1979. He became an instant superstar for the NBA's Boston Celtics making 12 all-star teams and winning three consecutive MVP awards. He led the Celts to NBA titles in 1984 and 1986 and was an original member of the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team".
    Where They Are Now

    President of Basketball Operations, Indiana Pacers
    Where They Were
    Indiana State University 1977-1979


  • Travis Grant

    Travis Grant
    Travis GrantPlayer

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Nicknamed ?The Machine,? Grant led Kentucky State to three straight NAIA National Championships. He remains the NCAA/NAIA all-time leading scorer with 4,045 points, averaging 33.3 points per game during his college career. As a senior, Grant won the prestigious Lapchick Trophy as Sporting New?s college basketball player of year.

    Where They Were
    Kentucky State University 1969-1972



  • Walter Byers

    Walter Byers
    Walter ByersContributor

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    At 29 years old, Byers was given the task of creating a national office for the NCAA, which had governed college sports since 1906. During his 36-year tenure, the NCAA grew from 381 member schools to more than 1,000. The number of championships increased from 11 for men to 74 for men and women. Byers immediately expanded the NCAA Tournament from eight teams to 16 in his first year and he headed the movement into the current format we enjoy today. He negotiated television contracts for football and basketball that went from $1 million to more than $74 million in 1987.

    Where They Were
    Executive Director, NCAA 1951-1988



  • Wayman Tisdale

    Wayman Tisdale
    Wayman TisdalePlayer

    Inducted in 2009
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    As a powerful finisher around the basket, Wayman Tisdale dominated the Big 8 Conference at Oklahoma. He was a three-time consensus All-American and Big 8 Player of the Year, averaging 26.5 points and 10.1 rebounds during his Sooner career. Tisdale was a mainstay on the 1984 Olympic Championship team, leading the team in rebounding. He had a successful 12 year career in the NBA and after he retired, he pursued his first love, jazz music.

    Where They Were
    University of Oklahoma 1983-1985