Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor to induct 2012-13 class
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference will honor 11 former student-athletes and one former coach with their induction into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The induction will occur on Saturday, March 16, during a ceremony prior to the Championship Game at the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The individuals to be inducted are: Jason Gardner (Arizona), Dennis Hamilton (Arizona State), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (California), Cliff Meely (Colorado), Chuck Rask (Oregon), Charlie Sitton (Oregon State), Ron Tomsic (Stanford), Lucius Allen (UCLA), Forrest Twogood (USC), Keith Van Horn (Utah), Nate Robinson (Washington) and James McKean (Washington State).
Jason Gardner, Arizona - Gardner was one of the most decorated basketball players in Arizona history. He was named the 2000 National Freshman of the Year and the 2003 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year. Gardner earned All-America honors 12 times in his four-year career and finished as one of just four players in Pac-10 history to amass 1,500 career points, 500 assists and 200 steals. He was the highest-scoring guard in Arizona history and third highest overall with 1,984 career points. He led his teams to a 107-29 record, the 2001 National Championship game, two Pac-10 regular season championships and one Pac-10 Tournament title. During his senior year he guided the Wildcats to a 17-1 Pac-10 record. He played 4,825 minutes in his career, the second most in NCAA history. Gardner led the league in scoring in the 2001-02 season with 692 points. He became the first Arizona freshman to be named to the All-Pac-10 first team in 2000. Gardner recently finished a seven-year professional career in Europe spending most of his time in Germany. He is now in his second season as an assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago.
Dennis Hamilton, Arizona State - Hamilton was a three-year starter for the Sun Devils from 1963-66, playing in 80 games. He is a member of the 1,000 point club scoring 1,079 career points, while shooting 81.3 percent from the free throw line, the fourth-best free throw career mark in Arizona State history. He averaged 13.6 points per game during his career. He tallied 17.3 points per game in his second season and received honorable mention All-Conference honors in 1964-65. During his junior season, he averaged 17.0 points per game and earned second-team all-conference honors. Hamilton had a four-year professional career playing two years in the NBA and two years in the ABA. He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in 1967-68, before being selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 NBA Expansion Draft and then traded to the Atlanta Hawks for the 1968-69 season. He played two years in the ABA for the Pittsburgh Pipers and Kentucky Colonels. Hamilton passed away in June 2012 at the age of 68 after fighting a five-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Charlene, daughter Holly and son Brady.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California - Although only playing one season for the Golden Bears, Abdur-Rahim left his legacy in the program. In his collegiate debut he scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Northern Arizona. He surpassed 20 points 15 times, including four games with 30 or more points. He received the 1996 National Freshman of the Year and was named to five All-American teams. He was the first freshman in history to be voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year. In addition, Abdur-Rahim was a finalist for the John Wooden Award, he was also the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the USBWA District 8 Player of the Year. He broke the Cal freshman record for scoring averaging 21.1 points per game, as well as, grabbing 8.4 rebounds, swiping 52 steals and blocking 35 shots. Abdur-Rahim entered the NBA draft in 1996 and was the third overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played 12 seasons in the NBA, 1996-2001 for the Vancouver Grizzlies, 2001-2004 for the Atlanta Hawks and 2004-2008 the Sacramento Kings. He also was a member of the 2000 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team. He was named an NBA all-star in 2002. He is currently in his third year as the assistant general manager for the Sacramento Kings after previously serving two seasons as an assistant coach.
Cliff Meely, Colorado - Meely established himself as one of the most productive big men in Colorado history, as he remains near or at the top of the list in over a dozen statistical categories. He is CU's all-time leader in career scoring average (24.3 points per game) and career rebounding average (12.1 rebounds per game). He owns the program's top two single-season scoring marks (28.0 ppg in 1970-71, 23.8 ppg in 1968-69). He left Colorado as the all-time leader in single-season scoring (729), career rebounds (971) and career points (1,940), and he currently ranks second on the single-season points and career rebounds lists and fourth in career points. A three-time All-Big Eight Conference performer, Meely led the Buffs to the Big Eight title as a sophomore in 1968-69 and garnered first team All-America accolades as a senior in 1970-71. He anchored one of the most impressive three-year runs in Colorado history, during which CU posted 49 wins. Meely spent six seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. He earned numerous distinctions after graduating, a place on the Associated Press' all-time Big Eight Conference first team and the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
Chuck Rask, Oregon - Rask was a member of the Oregon basketball team from 1958-60. He helped lead the Ducks to their third NCAA tournament appearance, advancing to the Elite 8 in 1960. It was the best finish for Oregon since the Tall Firs captured the NCAA title in 1939. He earned many honors that season including Helms Foundation third team All-America, All-Coast Conference and All-Far West Classic accolades. During his senior season, he averaged 12.5 points a game while shooting over 76 percent from the free-throw line. A two-time team MVP (1959 and 1960), he still holds the school record for most free throws made (18) and attempted (19) in a single game by an Oregon player at legendary McArthur Court.
Charlie Sitton, Oregon State - A four-year letterwinner for Oregon State from 1981-84, Sitton helped lead the Beavers to three trips to the NCAA Tournament in one of the most successful runs in school history. As a freshman, he guided the team to a 26-0 start to the season. The Beavers were 93-25 (.788) during his four-year college career. Sitton helped capture a Pac-10 championship in both 1981 and 1982, as well as a Pac-10 co-championship in 1984. The 6-foot-8 forward earned All-American honors in 1983 and 1984 and was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. He was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team during the 1980-81 season where he averaged 6.4 points per game and played in all 28 games. In 1983, he was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Currently on OSU's career lists, he ranks fifth in scoring (1,561 points) and fourth in field goal percentage (.575). He finished his career with 117 games played, 502 rebounds, 252 assists, 60 blocked shots and 87 steals. Sitton played one season in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks after being drafted in the second round of the 1984 NBA draft. In 1997 he was inducted into both the Oregon State Athletic Hall of Fame and State of Oregon Hall of Fame.
Ron Tomsic, Stanford - The only Stanford player to score at least 38 points in a game three times, Tomsic played in 87 games during his career as a Cardinal. Throughout his career he averaged 16.3 points, while shooting 38.7 percent overall and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. Tomsic played in 28 games as a freshman and averaged 11.5 points. He tallied 515 points his sophomore season while playing in 28 games. His junior season was cut short after suffering a season-ending knee injury after appearing in just seven games. Returning after his injury, Tomsic was a key contributor to the 1954-55 team during head coach Howard Dallmar's first season. He scored 482 points that season while shooting a team-best 77.7 percent from the free-throw line. He was a three-time All-Pacific Coast Conference selection in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Tomsic tallied 1,416 career points and is one of 40 players in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, ranking 14th in school history in total points. His 16.3 points per game scoring average ranks eighth all-time. Tomsic tallied a career-high 40 points, on Feb. 4, 1955 against USC. He was a member of the 1956 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team where he averaged 11.1 points over eight games. The US team won their games by an average margin of more than 53 points that year. Tomsic was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the 11th round of the 1955 NBA Draft, but did not play professionally.
Lucius Allen, UCLA - Wasting no time on making his mark in UCLA history, Allen scored the first points ever in Pauley Pavilion during the annual freshman vs. varsity contest in the first game in Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA freshmen were one of the most heralded incoming classes and proved their strength as they defeated the varsity 75-60. During the 21-0 unbeaten season for the UCLA freshmen, Allen was the second-leading scorer on the team averaging 22.4 points per game as a freshman. In his first season on the varsity squad, Allen averaged 15.5 points per game and helped the Bruins win the school's third NCAA Championship finishing with a 30-0 overall record in 1967. Allen was named to the NCAA Championship and Regional All-Tournament teams. He continued his consistency into his junior season where he was once again the second-leading scorer with 15.1 points per game and helped the Bruins win their second consecutive NCAA Championship. He was again named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was a first-team All-American. During this two-year varsity career the Bruins were unbeaten in the AAWU going 28-0. Allen entered the 1969 NBA Draft where he was the third overall pick in the first-round by Seattle. Allen had a successful 10-year professional career with Seattle (1969-70), Milwaukee (1971-75), Los Angeles (1975-77) and Kansas City (1978-79). He was a member of the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA Championship team. In 2000, Allen was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Forrest Twogood, USC - Most commonly known as Twogie, Twogood spent 16 years from 1951-66 as the USC men's head basketball coach. He took three of his teams to the NCAA Tournament including a trip to the Final Four in 1954. Throughout his USC career he posted a 251-179 overall record, captured three conference titles, had 13 winning seasons and won 20 or more games three times. Twogood played football, basketball and baseball at Iowa before becoming a minor league pitcher for six years. He joined the coaching ranks at USC when he would spend the off-season as the head freshman and assistant varsity basketball and baseball coach under head coach Sam Barry, who had previously been Twogood's coach at Iowa. Twogood then coached basketball and baseball at Idaho for five years and at San Francisco for a year before serving in the Navy during World War II. He then returned to USC in 1949 serving as an assistant coach under Barry. Twogood was inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Keith Van Horn, Utah - One of the most decorated players in Utah men's basketball history, Van Horn left Salt Lake City as the Utes' all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He scored 2,542 points and collected 1,074 rebounds from 1994-97 while leading Utah to 98 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 (1996) and the Elite Eight (1997). He was a two-time All-American and runner-up for the Wooden, Naismith and RCA National Player of the Year awards in 1997. He was the first player in Western Athletic Conference history to be named the conference player of the year three times (1995-97) and was one of just two four-time first team all-conference selections in WAC annals. Van Horn was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He enjoyed an eight-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks, posting career averages of 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He played in two NBA Finals, with New Jersey in 2002 and Dallas in 2006.
Nate Robinson, Washington - Robinson was a two-sport athlete shining not only on the basketball court, but also as a defensive back on the football field for the Washington Huskies. Robinson made an impact on the basketball team immediately as he led the team with 13.0 points per game his freshman year and made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. He continued his success into his sophomore season in 2004 when he scored a team-high 13.2 ppg and led the Huskies to their first post-season appearance under head coach Lorenzo Romar. He led the team in scoring for a third straight year increasing his points to 16.4 points per game for his junior season. He was recognized that year as a third-team All-American and first team All-Pac-10 selection. The Huskies finished 29-6 that season, won the 2005 Pac-12 tournament championship and obtained the school's first-ever No. 1 NCAA tournament seed, where they advanced to the Sweet 16. Robinson left Washington after his junior season declaring for the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the the Phoenix Suns with the 21st overall pick. He was then traded to the New York Knicks where he played from 2005-2010. He currently plays for the Chicago Bulls, but played for the Boston Celtics (2010-11), Oklahoma City Thunder (2011) and the Golden State Warriors (2012). Robinson is the only three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, winning the title in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Jim McKean, Washington State - A three-time all-conference selection, McKean played for the Cougars from 1964-1968, including three years with the varsity from 1965-68. He was the leading scorer and rebounder on the WSU freshman team that posted a 22-0 record. He earned the nickname of the "Jolly Green Giant" during his sophomore season due to his size and congeniality. He became the first sophomore in conference history to win the rebounding title. That season he averaged 16.9 points and 10.6 rebounds to earned All-Pac-8 second team honors. As a junior, he again led the team in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounds (11.7) during as he guided the team to a second-place Conference finish and All-Pac-8 first team honors. He averaged a career-best 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during his senior season and again earned All-Pac-8 first team honors. He led the Cougars to a 16-9 record that season and scored double-figures in all but one game. He remains in Washington State's career top 10 in seven different categories, including the school record for rebounding average (11.0 rpg). Following his senior season, he was the first player from WSU to be selected to compete at the U.S. Basketball Team trials.