naismith basketball hall of fame
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.
Class of 1998
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 Fame…Winston-Salem State Hall of Fame…CIAA Hall of Fame.
Class of 2017
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.
Class of 2016
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: Was once the NBA oldest All-Star at age 34.
Class of 2014
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.
Class of 2003
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
Class of 1982
North Carolina A&T University ’60 Standout point guard, Al Attles had a 11-year NBA career. Attles spent his entire 23-year NBA career with the Warriors, both in Philadelphia and Golden State. The 2-time NBA All-Star coach led the Warriors to the 1974-75 championship and still holds the record as the winningest coach in Warriors history.
Class of 2019
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
Head coach, North Carolina College for Negroes (8 CIAA
Championships (1941, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1952).
Head coach, Tennessee State University
3 straight NAIA National Championships (1957,0’58, ’59)
CIAA Hall of Fame 1978
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 1979
C. Vivian Stringer
Slippery Rock University ’70
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
Cheyney State Hall of Fame
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2001
Naismith Hall of Fame 2009
Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines
Morgan State University ’45
Winston-Saslem State Record: 826-447
NCAA Div. II Champions ’67
NCAA Coach of the Year ‘67
CIAA Hall of Fame
NC Sports Hall of Fame
NAIA Helms Hall of Fame
College Basketball Hall of Fame
5 all-time best
Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ‘82