Feb. 5, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Lucius Allen, who starred on the UCLA men's basketball team in 1967 and 1968, will be inducted to the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 16, as announced last week by the conference office.
Allen helped lead UCLA to consecutive NCAA Championships during the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons before entering the 1969 NBA Draft where he was the third overall pick in the first round by Seattle.
The Pac-12's induction ceremony will take place prior to the Championship Game of the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
As a student-athlete at UCLA, Allen wasted no time in making his mark in school history as he scored the first points in Pauley Pavilion during the annual freshman versus varsity contest prior to the 1965-66 season. UCLA's freshman group was among the most heralded incoming classes and proved their strength with a 75-60 win over the varsity squad. During the 21-0 unbeaten season for UCLA's freshmen, Allen was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 22.4 points per game.
In his first season on the varsity squad (1966-67), Allen averaged 15.5 points per game and helped the Bruins win the school's third NCAA Championship. UCLA went 30-0 that season, and Allen was named to the NCAA Championship and Regional All-Tournament Teams. He also excelled as a junior, finishing the year as UCLA's second-leading scorer (15.1 ppg) as the Bruins won their second consecutive NCAA title.
Allen enjoyed a successful 10-year professional career with Seattle (1969-70), Milwaukee (1971-75), Los Angeles (1975-77) and Kansas City (1978-79). He was a member of the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA Championship team. In 2000, Allen was inducted to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Other individuals to be induced to the Pac-12 Hall of Honor this year include Jason Gardner (Arizona), Dennis Hamilton (Arizona State), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (California), Cliff Meely (Colorado), Chuck Rask (Oregon), Charlie Sitton (Oregon State), Ron Tomsic (Stanford), Forrest Twogood (USC), Keith Van Horn (Utah), Nate Robinson (Washington) and James McKean (Washington State).