Published on 17 February 2015
Blackman, Buckner, Havlicek, Ratleff and Scott Headline 10th Induction Class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Coaching legends Don Donoher, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles and Lou Henson in the Class of 2015 to be Inducted November 20 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY (February 17, 2015) – Kansas State’s Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner of Indiana, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, Long Beach State’s Ed Ratleff and Charlie Scott of North Carolina headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2015. Joining them for the 10th enshrinement ceremony are legendary coaches Don Donoher of Dayton, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles of Langston and Lou Henson, who coached at Hardin Simmons, New Mexico State and Illinois.
The Class of 2015 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City. General public tickets will be available online August 1, 2015. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.
The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class entertainment facility adjacent to Sprint Center in Kansas City. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 23-24 at Sprint Center. The four teams participating are Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern. Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning Friday, March 20th at 10:00am CSTthrough www.axs.com,www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
Blackman was theBig-8 player of the year at Kansas State, a three-time all-conference selection and named to the all-time All-Big-8 first team in 1996. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
A three-year captain at Indiana for Bob Knight, Buckner was a key member of IU’s 1975-76 NCAA championship team, which is the last team to go unbeaten. He is one of only three players to win a title at the high school, college, NBA and Olympic level, joining Jerry Lucas and Magic Johnson.
Havlicek, a two-time All-America for coach Fred Taylor at Ohio State, helped the Buckeyes win the NCAA title in 1960. He went on to play his entire 16-year professional career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, and was named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players.
Ratleff was a two-time All-America in 1972 and 1973 for coach Jerry Tarkanian at Long Beach State. He was a member of coach Henry Iba’s 1972 U.S. Olympic team that played in the controversial Olympic final against the Soviet Union and refused to accept the silver medals.
A two-time All-America and the Atlantic Coast Conference athlete of the year in 1970 playing for coach Dean Smith at North Carolina, Scott was the first African-American scholarship athlete for the Tar Heels. After helping UNC to the Final Four in 1968 and 1969, Scott played in the ABA and NBA, winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1976.
The three coaches being inducted, Donoher, Gayles and Henson, combined for more than 1,800 wins in their careers. Donoher spent his entire 25-year career coaching at Dayton, his alma mater, where he had a 437-275 record. He led the Flyers to eight NCAA tournament appearances, including the national championship game in 1967, where they lost to John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins.
Gayles joined Langston University in 1930 as a social science instructor, athletic director and head coach of football, basketball and baseball. From 1944-46, his basketball teams, led by long-time Harlem Globetrotters star Marques Haynes, won 51 straight games, had an overall record of 571-281 and won two National Negro championships. Gayles, who died in 1985, was often referred to as “a maker of champions and a molder of coaches.”
After beginning his career as a head coach at Hardin-Simmons, Henson moved on to have two successful stints at New Mexico State sandwiched around 21 years at Illinois. With almost 800 career victories, Henson guided New Mexico State to the Final Four in 1970 and took the Fighting Illini to the Final Four in 1989.
“Recognizing the coaching legends in this Class of 2015, Don Donoher and Lou Henson took their teams to the NCAA Final Four while Zip Gayles was a trailblazer and role model for athletes and coaches,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “The men selected as players include some great all-around athletes who helped lead their teams to championships in the NCAA, Olympic Games and the NBA.”
In 2006 the first class was inducted into the newly formed National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That class included the game’s inventor, James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach in John Wooden. Since that time, eight more classes have been inducted and have included the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Manning, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.
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The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2015
Rolando Blackman, Player, Kansas State
- Averaged 15.2 points, five rebounds and two assists for coach Jack Hartman at K-State
- Three-time Big 8 All-Conference player and player of the year in 1980
- Named to all-time all-Big 8 first team in 1996
Quinn Buckner, Player, Indiana
- Three-year captain in four seasons playing for coach Bob Knight
- Career record of 108-12 with the Hoosiers, including 59-5 in conference play
- Member of the 1975-76 IU team which was the unbeaten NCAA champion, the last team to finish without a loss
- Won a gold medal on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team
Don Donoher, Coach, Dayton
- Spent his entire 25-year coaching career with Dayton (437-275, .614)
- His Flyers earned eight NCAA tournament berths with seven NIT appearances
- Guided Dayton to the NCAA championship game in 1967 but lost to John Wooden-coached UCLA
- Assistant coach to Bob Knight on the 1984 gold medal U.S. Olympic team
C. Felton “Zip” Gayles, Coach, Langston
- Coached briefly at Tennessee A&I and Arkansas A&M before moving on to a long career at Langston
- Coached football and basketball at Langston, with two National Negro championships in each sport
- With legendary ball handler Marques Haynes, guided his team to a streak of 51 consecutive wins
- Trailblazer for integration tried to organize a game with Henry Iba’s Oklahoma A&M team but request was rejected by the A&M Board of Regents
John Havlicek, Player, Ohio State
- Played three seasons for coach Fred Taylor at Ohio State
- Two-time All-America (third team 1960, second team 1961)
- Helped Buckeyes to their only NCAA title with a 25-3 record in 1960
- Career record of 78-6 at Ohio State. Averaging 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds
Lou Henson, Coach, Hardin Simmons, New Mexico State and Illinois
- Won almost 800 games in stints at three schools
- Guided New Mexico State to the NCAA Final Four in 1970
- Spent 21 seasons at Illinois and is all-time leader in wins with 423
- Coached the Illini to the Final Four in 1989, one of just two Illinois teams to achieve that honor
Ed Ratleff, Player, Long Beach State
- Played for coach Jerry Tarkanian at Long Beach State
- Appeared in NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons
- Earned All-America recognition in 1972 and 1973
- Two-time Conference player of the year
Charlie Scott, Player, North Carolina
- Played four seasons for coach Dean Smith at North Carolina
- Two-time All-America selection and 1970 ACC Athlete of the Year
- First African-American scholarship athlete for the Tar Heels
- Helped Carolina to a pair of Final Four appearances and is sixth in career scoring for UNC