ASU To Induct Joe Caldwell Into Pac-10 Hall Of Honor
Oct. 27, 2004
Arizona State Athletic Director Gene Smith and Men's Basketball Coach Rob Evans have announced that the Sun Devil family will induct Joe Caldwell into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in the spring of 2005.
'Joe Caldwell is a great example to our current players of not only excelling on the court collegiately and internationally, but understanding that education is so important,' says Arizona State Athletic Director Gene Smith of Caldwell, who finished his ASU degree 23 years after his collegiate career was completed with a B.A. in selected studies in 1997. 'He is a tremendous role model for all current and future Sun Devils. We are thrilled to honor him and include him with Byron Scott, Ned Wulk and Fat Lever as inductees into our Pac-10 Hall of Honor.'
The Hall of Honor inducted its first class in March of 2002 at the Pac-10 Tournament Hall of Honor Banquet. Byron Scott was ASU's initial inductee while Ned Wulk (2003) and Fat Lever (2004) followed. The Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor was created to recognize athletes and coaches who have made significant contributions to the tradition and heritage of each school's basketball program and the Pac-10 Conference. This year's banquet will be held on March 9, the night before the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament begins in Los Angeles.
'Our players appreciate what Joe accomplished at Arizona State and how good his teams were in the the 1960s,' says coach Rob Evans. 'He has remained a supporter of Sun Devil basketball through the years and we are happy to honor him this way. '
Caldwell was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975 after an incredible career that saw his Sun Devil teams post records of 23-4 in 1961-62, 26-3 in 1962-63 and 16-11 in 1963-64. Overall, the Ned Wulk-coached Sun Devils were 65-18 (.783) in Caldwell's three years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each season. He was team MVP in 1962-63 and in 1963-64 and a team captain all three seasons.
His 1962-63 Sun Devil squad set the school record with 26 wins and beat UCLA 93-79 in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in Provo on March 15. That loss was one of the few the Bruins would have in the next decade, as they would win 10 of the next 12 NCAA titles.
A three-year starter who earned Sporting News honorable mention All-American honors in 1963-64, he is one of only two Sun Devils to make the basketball Olympic team as he was on the 1964 gold-medal winning United States squad in Tokyo.
He earned All-Border Conference in 1961-62 and then earned All-WAC honors the next two seasons (1962-63 and 1963-64), as he is the only Sun Devil to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons. His 1961-62 team went 10-0 in the Border Conference, the only time a Sun Devil squad has gone undefeated in conference play, while the next two years ASU was 16-4 in WAC play.
Entering the 2004-2005 season, his 1,515 points rank eighth on the school's career scoring chart. He was first on the list when his Sun Devil career ended and is third among Sun Devil three-year players, trailing only Byron Scott and Seabern Hill. His career numbers of 18.2 points per game and 929 rebounds are both second-best in Sun Devil history. He averaged 21.8 points per game in 1963-64, tied for fifth in ASU history, and his 330 rebounds that year is fourth-best in Sun Devil history.
Caldwell was the second overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, the highest selection by a Sun Devil. Played with the Pistons from 1964-66, the St. Louis Hawks (1966-68) and the Atlanta Hawks (1969-70) before finishing his professional career in the ABA with the Carolina Cougars (1970-74) and Spirit of St. Louis (1974-75).