Stockton to be Inducted into CBB Hall of Fame Sunday

Gonzaga legend among elite College Basketball Hall
Stockton to be Inducted into CBB Hall of Fame Sunday

Former Gonzaga men’s basketball great John Stockton will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday.

The induction celebration will take place in Kansas City, Mo., at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland. A special Hall of Fame Class of 2017 showcase will be broadcast on Feb. 22 on ESPNU.

As masters of ceremonies, Fran Fraschilla and Doug Gottlieb will discuss the legendary careers of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and conduct on-stage interviews with the inductees. The Class of 2017 features former players Stockton, Tim Duncan (Wake Forest), the late Cleo Hill (Winston-Salem State), Scott May (Indiana), Rick Mount (Purdue), Paul Silas (Creighton) and Jason “Jay” Williams (Duke), along with former Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville coach Bo Ryan.

Stockton redefined the role of a floor general. Born and raised in Spokane, Stockton steadily improved in each of his four seasons with the Zags, capped by a West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year campaign in 1983-84 during which he averaged 20.9 points, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game. Stockton remains Gonzaga’s all-time steals leader and ranks fourth in career assists.

After being selected with the 16th pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Stockton put together a remarkable 19-year career with the Utah Jazz, finishing as the NBA’s all-time leader in both assists and steals. He was a member of the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team,” and won a second Olympic gold medal at the 1996 games.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Hall of Fame’s 12th induction celebration will precede the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic, which will feature national powers Baylor, Creighton, UCLA and Wisconsin competing Nov. 20-21 at Sprint Center.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a program of the NABC Foundation, inducted its first class in 2006. That class included the game’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach, John Wooden. Since then, 10 more classes have been inducted, including the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. More information about Hall of Fame weekend can be found at www.halloffameweekend.com.