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Monday, November 19, 2012

Clyde Lovellette honored to join Hall

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Kansas great Clyde Lovellette speaks at a news conference during the induction ceremony at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.

— Former Kansas University basketball phenom Clyde Lovellette, who led the Jayhawks to the 1952 national title, was one of 10 individuals inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday night at the Midland Theatre.

Others inducted: Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Phil Ford (North Carolina), Joe B. Hall (Kentucky), Dave Robbins (Virginia Union), Kenny Sailors (Wyoming), Earl Monroe (Winston Salem State), Willis Reed (Grambling), Jim Host (founded Host Communications) and Joe Dean (Louisiana State University).

Playing for Hall of Fame coach Phog Allen at KU, Lovellette was the first player to win championships in the NCAA, AAU, NBA and Olympic Games. The 6-foot-9 center was a three-time All-America selection for the Jayhawks and led the Big 7 Conference in scoring in each of his three seasons. He was the country’s top scorer in 1952 with 28.6 points per game and was the Most Outstanding Player in the 1952 NCAA Tournament.

“There are too many people to thank for being enshrined in the Hall of Fame,” Lovellette said at the ceremony. “It’s always an honor to be inducted to a Hall of Fame. It’s always great to be represented in basketball. That’s been my life ever since I could bounce the ball. Playing for a great coach like Phog Allen and being with a group of guys like Bill Lienhard, Bill Hougland, and Bob Kenney, those are the people that really make the team. Without a staff around you, I wouldn’t be here. I don’t believe one man can win any ballgames. They can have a big impact, but the other four men that are with him, that’s where you develop team play, camaraderie and the real togetherness to win a ballgame.”

Of his game, Clyde said: “I started out with a good hook and then I had a good one-handed shot. The hook shot has sort of gone away because not many people play with their back to the basket anymore. They’re big enough and moving quicker. They’re out there in front where they can see the basket. I shot my shot with my back to the basket, so I couldn’t see the basket. You had to have that touch and distance. It just came natural.”

Lovellette still ranks fourth all-time in Jayhawk history for total points, while his 24.7 points per game marks the second-best scoring average behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 29.9 points per game. Lovellette’s career average of 10.5 rebounds per game places him fourth on KU’s all-time charts.

“I think anybody who ever played at Kansas is recognized,” Lovellette said. “It’s a great tradition at KU. The people take their basketball to heart. They know the players. They know the old players because their grandpa told them, or uncles or aunts. It’s a family affair at Kansas.”

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Dr. Robert s. Mosser 1 year, 8 months ago

Why so long? Clyde is the only collegian to win the scoring title and lead his team to the NCAA championship.

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5yardfuller 1 year, 8 months ago

Lovellette was inducted in 2006 in the founding class. Every year they honor a few HOFers with a more formal induction.

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KU79 1 year, 8 months ago

I believe the collegiate HOF has only been in existence for maybe 5 years or so. They're adding the "no brainers" fairly quickly. I believe Clyde has been in the Naismith HOF for quite awhile though.

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jaybate 1 year, 8 months ago

" I don’t believe one man can win any ballgames. They can have a big impact, but the other four men that are with him, that’s where you develop team play, camaraderie and the real togetherness to win a ballgame.” --Clyde Lovellette, at induction to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Dear CBernie, Sheahon, and Bill,

This is yet another example of the kind of quote that needs to be displayed in bronze placards on the walls of Allen Field House, in the entrance, on the walls downstairs, on the walls upstairs, everywhere, so that children see them for the first time, and so that parents remember them again and again. These truths spoken by great coaches and players need to be heeded by all those that come in the Phog, especially the future generations of KU students, KU fans, and Kansans. These quotes form one of the most potentially edifying aspects of the KU Basketball Legacy.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 8 months ago

Video sheds a little light on how Mr. Lovellette was recruited to KU:

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jaybate 1 year, 8 months ago

Phoghorn,

I am so grateful to you for posting this link. Thank you.

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Chris Bruning 1 year, 8 months ago

the very end, with the parade, and Lovellette almost getting choked up was priceless!!! All the love and craziness was very alive even in the early fifties.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 8 months ago

Always glad to provide the assist. I always appreciate your posts, although I don't get to lurk here as much as I would like.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 8 months ago

Guess the reply button did not work...

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