Shareef Abdur-Rahim Earns NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former California men's basketball standout and current NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim is one of seven former college athletes who will receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of their collegiate, professional and civic achievements, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college careers. The honorees are selected by the NCAA Honors Committee, composed of representatives of NCAA member schools, conferences and distinguished citizens, including past awardees.
Abdur-Rahim will receive the award along with Adam J. Burgasser (UC San Diego, swimming & diving), Michelle M. Marciniak (Tennessee, basketball), Fernando Palomo (Texas A&M, track & field), Amy E. Reinhard (Harvard, softball and basketball), Lt. Col. Dan Rooney (Kansas, golf) and Michelle Cusimano (Virginia, lacrosse and field hockey). Silver Anniversary honorees will be recognized during a virtual Honors Celebration awards show on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The show will be streamed at 4 p.m. PT on the NCAA Twitter account and on the ESPN app.
After arriving in Berkeley as one of the nation's top recruits ahead of the 1995-96 season, Abdur-Rahim lived up to the hype as he became the first Pac-10 Conference player ever to be named conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season. He averaged 21.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while setting team freshman records in points, scoring average, field goals made and free throws made, all of which still stand today. Abdur-Rahim was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press and was later inducted to the Pac-12 Hall of Honor.
Abdur-Rahim was selected No. 3 overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1996 NBA Draft and went on to have a successful 12-year career with four different organizations, averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. In addition to becoming a 2001-02 NBA All-Star and the sixth youngest player in league history to record 10,000 career points, Abdur-Rahim set a Vancouver first-year scoring record (18.7 points) and helped Sacramento to its first playoff appearance in team history in 2006. Abdur-Rahim also represented the United States internationally, winning a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney.
After retiring from playing in 2008, he joined the Sacramento Kings front office staff, serving as assistant general manager. In 2016, Abdur-Rahim was hired as the NBA's vice president for basketball operations before being named president of the NBA G League in 2018. He founded The Future Foundation, an organization that has provided educational, health and life skills programs to more than 20,000 Atlanta-area children. In 2008, he was presented the Trumpet Usher Raymond Altruism Award honoring excellence in the African American community.
Abdur-Rahim returned to Berkeley to earn his degree in sociology in 2012 and was awarded the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award by Cal in 2019.
Abdur-Rahim is the second Golden Bear to receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, joining fellow men's basketball standout Kevin Johnson, who was awarded the honor in 2012 and played for the Bears from 1984-87.
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