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marques haynes

Langston University ‘45

…4-time All-State, All-Conference Former Harlem Globetrotters & Harlem Magicians Great… Played 40 years…Black College Hall of Fame…Basketball Hall of Fame…NAIA Hall of Fame…Oklahoma (State) Hall of Fame…Langston University Hall of Fame East Hartford (CT) Hall of Fame…Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame

earl "the Pearl" Monroe

Winston-Salem State University ’67

Black College Hall of Fame…NCAA College Player of the Year ‘67…NCAA Div. II National Champions ‘67…No.1 draft pick of Washington Bullets…Member, NBA Champions New York Knicks ‘73…Member, NBA 50 Greatest Players…NBA Naismith Hall of FameWinston-Salem State Hall of Fame…CIAA Hall of Fame

sam jones

North Carolina Central University ’57

3-time All-CIAA…1st round pick of Boston Celtics…Member, 10 NBA champions…Naismith Hall of Fame…NBA25th Anniversary Team Member, NBA 50 Greatest Players…NCCU Hall of Fame…CIAA Hall of Fame

nat "sweeetwater" clifton

Xavier University ’50

Played with the legendary New York Rens…stints with the Harlem Globetrotters and Chicago American Giants (Negro Baseball League)…1950: the 2nd Black player to sign an NBA contract (the New York Knicks)…1957: NBA oldest All-Star at age 34.

earl lloyd

West Virginia State University ’50

First Black to play in a  NBA game October 31, 1950 with Washington Capitols …One of first black players to play on a NBA championship team…CIAA Hall of Fame…CIAA Player of the Decade, 1940s…Naismith Hall of Fame…WV State Hall of Fame …First Black assistant coach in NBA

willis reed

Grambling State University ’64

NAIA Tournament Champions, 1964 1st round pick, New York  Knicks… Led Knicks to two NBA titles SWAC Hall of Fame…Naismith Hall of Fame…NBA 50 Greatest Players
50th Anniversary All-Time Team

HUGH EVANS

North Carolina A&T University ’62

Evans refereed in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 28 seasons from 1972 to 2001. During his NBA officiating career, Evans worked 1,969 regular season NBA games and 35 NBA Finals games. During the 1995–96 NBA season, Evans was ranked the second best official in the league. Inducted into the 2018 Naismith Hall of Fame.

COACHES

john b. mclendon, jr.

Kansas University ’34 April 5, 1915 – October 8, 1999
A major contributor to the development of modern basketball in the college and professional ranks. 
Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
CIAA HAll of Fame  1978

Studied basketball under Dr. James Naismith at Kansas
Head coach at North Carolina College for Negroes (8 CIAA Championships (1941, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1952)

c. vivian stringer

Slippery Rock University ’70
Won-Lost Records:

Cheyney State: 251-51
Iowa University: 269-84
Rutgers University: 322-160
Combined Record: 843-295
#Won 5 conference titles
*First coach to take 3 different teams to NCAA Final Four
Naismith Hall of Fame

Cheyney State Hall of Fame

clarence "bighouse" gaines

Morgan State University ’45 1923- 2005 Naismith Hall of Fame ‘82
NCAA Div. II Champions ’67
NCAA Coach of the Year ‘67
CIAA Hall of Fame
NAIA Helms Hall of Fame
NC Sports Hall of Fame
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Record: 826-447
*5 all-time best