Men's Basketball |
Aug. 31, 2009
GENEVA, Switzerland – The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today that former University of Cincinnati and National Basketball League legend Oscar Robertson was one of 11 people selected to be inducted into the 2009 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Joining Robertson in the third class of inductees are:
Mr. Artenik ARABADJIAN Referee Bulgaria
Ms. Jacky CHAZALON Player France
Mr. Pedro FERRÁNDIZ Coach Spain
Mr. Ricardo GONZÁLEZ Player Argentina
Mr. Al RAMSAY Contributor Australia
Mr. Oscar ROBERTSON Player USA
2009 PHOSTUMOUS INDUCTEES:
Mr. Luis MARTÍN Contributor Argentina
Mr. Pete NEWELL Coach USA
Mr. Ubiratan PEREIRA Player Brazil
Mr. Marcel PFEUTI Referee Switzerland
Ms. Kay YOW Coach USA
The complete biographical sketches of the 11 above-mentioned 2009 inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame can be found on www.halloffame.fiba.com.
The official enshrinement ceremony of the 2009 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will take place on Sept. 20 in Katowice (Poland), coinciding with the Finals of the 2009 Eurobasket, and on Sept. 22 in the FIBA Hall of Fame located in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain).
During his basketball career at UC, Robertson was a three-time, first-team All-American, the first player to lead the NCAA in scoring three times, and the first to win national Player of the Year honors three times. He led the Bearcats to two Final Fours and then co-captained the undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team, often considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled. In 1998 the U.S. Basketball Writers Association renamed its Player of the Year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy. In 2000 the National Association of Basketball Coaches named him "Player of the Century."
During his 14-year NBA career -- ten in Cincinnati and four in Milwaukee -- Robertson led his teams to 10 playoff appearances and the Bucks to their only NBA title in 1971. He is the NBA's all-time leader in triple-double games (points, rebounds, assists) for a season and a career and the all-time leader in rebounding for guards. He is the only player ever to average a triple-double for an entire season. He finished his career with 26,710 points and a 25.7 scoring average.
Robertson was named a member of the University of Cincinnati James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.