BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS HISTORY & LEGENDS

NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL of FAME

PLAYERS

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 Monroe, Winston-Salem State

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, New
York Knicks 1973 NBA Champions …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 championships with the Boston Celtics…Naismith Hall of Fame…Member: NBA 25th Anniversary Team, NBA 50 Greatest Players…NCCU Hall of Fame…CIAA Hall of Fame

Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton

NAT “Sweetwater” CLIFTON

Xavier University ’50
Played with the legendary New York Rens, 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 (1955 Syracuse Nationals)…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

WILLIS “The Captain” REED

Grambling State University ’64
Led the Tigers to the 1964 NAIA Tournament Championship…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

COACHES

JOHN B. McLENDON, Jr.

Kansas University ’34  
(A major contributor to the development of modern basketball in the college and professional ranks). 
Studied basketball under Dr. James Naismith at Kansas University
As head coach at North Carolina College for Negroes, he led the Eagles to 8 CIAA Championships (1941, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1952)
Led Tennessee State to 3 straight NAIA Men’s Basketball National Champions (1957-59)
Member: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
CIAA Hall of Fame  1978

Vivian Stringer, head basketball coach- Cheyney

C. VIVIAN STRINGER

Slippery Rock University ’70
*First coach to take 3 different teams  to the NCAA Final Four playoffs.
Career Record:
Cheyney State: 251-51
Iowa University: 269-84
Rutgers University: 322-160
Combined Record: 843-295
#Won 5 conference titles
Naismith Hall of Fame
Cheyney State Hall of Fame

CLARENCE "Bighouse" GAINES

Morgan State University ’45 1923- 05 
Gaines was named NCAA Coach of the Year as he led the Winston Salem State Rams to the NCAA Div. II Championship in 1967.
Member: Naismith Hall of Fame ‘82
CIAA Hall of Fame
NAIA Helms Hall of Fame
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Record: 826-447  (*5 all-time best)