Former Maryland star to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY – Former Maryland star Tom McMillen headlines a list of seven inductees selected for enshrinement in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013.
Joining McMillen are 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA and coaching legends Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino. Bob Hopkins of Grambling and contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA round out the class. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted.
McMillen led Maryland to a 73-17 record in the early 1970s. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for his career. He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference player twice and was the most valuable player of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament championship game – a 100-69 victory over Niagara.
A 6’ 11” power forward/center, McMillen was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team that won a silver medal after a controversial finish in the gold-medal game against Russia. He went on to be a Rhodes Scholar and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-93.
“We’re thrilled for Tom to receive this much deserved honor,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Tom set the standard for what it meant to be great at Maryland and we’re so happy that he is being honored by the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”
“We talk a lot to our team about tradition and pride and what it means to play basketball at Maryland,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Tom helped establish those high standards. Before we made it to New York for the NIT semifinals, I told our guys about some of the great players that have graced Madison Square Garden – Tom is one of those players. He helped lead Maryland to the 1972 NIT title and is one of the all-time greats.”
The Founding Class members of 2013 will be announced at a later date. Founding Class members were automatically included in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and are gradually being inducted at the official event in Kansas City each year.
The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The hall of fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game. The College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 25-26 at Sprint Center. The four host teams will be announced April 15 and tickets go on sale the following day.