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Friday | November 28, 2014 | 3:38pm

2012 INDUCTION CLASS

  • Clyde E. Lovellette

    Clyde E. Lovellette
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Clyde E. LovellettePlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1988
    BIO
    Lovellette dominated college basketball from 1951-1952 and was the first man ever to play on NCAA, Olympic, AAU, and NBA championship teams. Clyde led the nation in scoring in 1951 and 1952 at the University of Kansas. Kansas won the NCAA Championship in 1952 and Clyde was named the tournament's most valuable player and was also named college player of the year. As a pro, Lovellette became one of the first big men to move outside and utilize the one-handed set shot, extending his shooting range and offensive repertoire. He had an 11-year career in the NBA, playing for the Minneapolis Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks, and Boston Celtics. He helped lead teams to NBA championships in Minneapolis in 1954 and Boston 1963 and 1964.
    Where They Are Now

    Serves on the City Council of Munising Michigan and is an Assistant High School Basketball Coach
    Where They Were
    University of Kansas 1950-1952



  • Dave Robbins

    Dave Robbins
    Dave RobbinsCoach

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Robbins handled immediate criticism as the first white head coach in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) by doing what he did best?winning. Just two years into his tenure, Robbins led Virginia Union to the 1980 NCAA Division II National Championship. Two more Division II titles would follow in 1992 and 2005. Robbins finished his career with 14 CIAA Championships and an overall winning percentage of .786.

    Where They Were
    Virginia Union University 1978-2008


  • Jim Host

    Jim Host
    Jim HostContributor

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    The founder and principal of Host Communications, Host realized the potential growth of men?s basketball and partnered the NCAA with major corporations like Gillette, Valvoline and Pizza Hut. Host, who also had a background in broadcasting, went on to create a model for multimedia rights, bundling everything from coaches? radio and TV shows, promotional appearances, endorsements and publishing into a single package for some of the nation?s top programs. He has been recognized as one of college athletics? most influential people.

    Where They Were




  • Joe B. Hall

    Joe B. Hall
    Joe B. HallCoach

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    After playing and coaching under legendary coach Adolf Rupp, Hall was given the difficult task of taking over the program from him in 1972. He took the Wildcats to the three Final Fours and propelled them to their fifth NCAA Championship in 1978. Hall was the first of three men (Bob Knight and Dean Smith) to ever win an NCAA Championship as a player and a coach.

    Where They Were
    University of Kentucky 1972-1985



  • Joe Dean

    Joe Dean
    Joe DeanContributor

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Few men have influenced the game of basketball as diversely as Dean. The three-time All-SEC player at LSU was a promotions and marketing executive with the Converse Rubber Co. from 1959-1987, advocating not only the Converse products but promoting the game of basketball wherever he traveled. In addition, he was a basketball color analyst with several networks including ESPN, NBC and Turner Sports from 1969-1987 before returning to his alma mater in Baton Rouge as director of athletics for 14 years.

    Where They Were




  • Kenny Sailors

    Kenny Sailors
    Kenny SailorsPlayer

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Known as the inventor of the modern jump shot, Sailors found it was the only way to get a shot off over his 6?5 brother as a child growing up in Hillsdale Wyoming. His invention was the catalyst to the University of Wyoming?s incredible run to the 1943 NCAA Championship. Sailors was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament, but his Cowboys were not done yet. They went on to beat the 1943 NIT Champion St. Johns and be crowned the undisputed kings of college basketball.

    Where They Were
    University of Wyoming 1941-1946



  • Patrick Ewing

    Patrick Ewing
    Patrick EwingPlayer

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee2008
    BIO
    Ewing led Georgetown to three NCAA title game appearances and the 1984 Championship where the Hoyas beat Houston?s ?Phi Slamma Jamma.? He won the NABC and Naismith Player of the Year Award the following season. Ewing still holds Georgetown records for most games played, rebounds, and blocked shots with an astonishing average 3.45 blocks per game during his college career.

    Where They Were
    Georgetown University 1981-1984



  • Phil Ford

    Phil Ford
    Phil FordPlayer

    Inducted in 2012
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame InducteeN/A
    BIO
    Ford led Coach Dean Smith?s ?Four Corners? offense to an NCAA runner-up finish in 1977. During the previous summer, he was the point guard for the United States Olympic squad that brought home the gold. Ford finished his senior season of 1978 as the NABC Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Player of the Year, and North Carolina?s all-time leading scorer.

    Where They Were
    University of North Carolina 1974-1977



  • Vernon Earl Monroe

    Vernon Earl Monroe
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Vernon Earl MonroePlayer

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1990
    BIO
    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



  • Willis Reed Jr.

    Willis Reed Jr.
    FOUNDING MEMBER
    Willis Reed Jr.Player

    Inducted in 2006
    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee1982
    BIO
    Reed's strong outside jump shot and physical inside game led him to becoming a two-time All-American. He led Louisiana's Grambling State University to the 1961 NAIA Championship. Despite recurring injuries during his pro career, his determination powered the New York Knicks to the 1970 and 1973 NBA Championships. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA MVP in 1970.
    Where They Are Now

    Vice President of Basketball Operations, New Orleans Hornets
    Where They Were
    Grambling State University 1961-1964