UCLA men’s basketball great Marques Johnson was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Joining Johnson in the 2013 class of players were Elvin Hayes (Houston), Bob Hopkins (Grambling), Tom McMillen (Maryland) and Xavier McDaniel (Wichita State). Inducted into the team category was the 1962-63 squad from Loyola University of Chicago. The coaches’ category featured inductees Gene Keady (Western Kentucky, Purdue) and Rollie Massimino (Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV, Cleveland State, Northwood). The contributors category of inductees included George Raveling and George Killian.
During the 1973-74 season, Johnson was the first true freshman at UCLA to start in a Bruins’ basketball game since the early 1950s, starting at guard against Notre Dame on Jan. 26, 1974 in Pauley Pavilion. He finished with 16 points and four rebounds in UCLA’s 94-75 win.
As a sophomore in 1974-75, Johnson was a starter on John Wooden’s last NCAA Championship team. The Bruins secured their 10th national title in 12 years. Johnson finished that season as the team’s third-best scorer (11.6 ppg), logging 7.0 rebounds per game and shooting 54.3 percent (138-254) from the field.
As a junior starter in 1975-76 (32 games), Johnson was the Bruins’ second-leading scorer (17.3 ppg) and top rebounder (9.4 rpg). He led UCLA in field goal percentage (54.0 pct, 223-413) and free throw percentage (77.5 pct, 106-140) while compiling 80 assists. Under first year head coach Gene Bartow, the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the 10th consecutive year.
As team captain during his senior season (1976-77), Johnson earned the first-ever John R. Wooden Award, bestowed annually to the nation’s top collegiate player and awarded by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 1977. Johnson led the Bruins in scoring (21.4 ppg), rebounding (11.1 rpg) and field goal shooting (59.1 pct, 244-413).
In his Bruin career, Johnson played in 115 games, scoring 1,659 points (14.4 average, No. 15 all-time ), with 897 rebounds (7.8 average, No. 7 all-time) and shooting 56.8 percent (688-1,211, No. 7 all-time) from the field. An Academic All-America selection, Johnson was a motion picture/television major at UCLA and graduated in 1977.
Johnson was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. His No. 54 jersey number was retired at UCLA in a ceremony on Feb. 1, 1996. John was named to the NABC Hillyard Silver Anniversary All-America Basketball Team in 2002. He was a Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor inductee in 2008 and was later highlighted by The Sporting News as one of the Top 100 Players in NCAA men’s basketball history.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., at the Sprint Center, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame and museum and is an integral portion of the “College Basketball Experience” created by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Johnson joins John Wooden (charter class of 2006), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2006), Denny Crum (2006), Gail Goodrich (2006), Bill Walton (2006) and Sidney Wicks (2010) as UCLA basketball players or coaches who have been previously inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.