Former Tider Is Basketball Honoree

BIRMINGHAM--Former Alabama standout and All-SEC forward Buck Johnson will be one of eight individuals inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3.

A native of Birmingham, Johnson was All-SEC three consecutive years and is Alabama's fourth leading all-time scorer with 1,896 points. He also ranks eighth on the Tide's all-time rebounding list with 933 rebounds. He was named to the All-SEC Tournament team two consecutive years 1985 &‘86. He played on four NCAA Tournament teams with the Tide.

In 1983 he was a member of the USA Team that competed in the Junior World Championship. He was the second leading scorer on the team and helped lead them to a Gold Medal.

In 1986 he was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft (20th pick overall) by the Houston Rockets. He played seven years with the Rockets and one year with the Washington Bullets. He helped lead the Rockets to the playoffs five of seven years. His best year as a professional was during the 1990-91 season playing for the Rockets. He appeared in 82 games and averaged 14.8 points per game. During his NBA career he scored 4,617 points. He also played eight and half years in Europe and was an all-star six of those eight years. His team, McCabie Tel-Aviv, won the Israel Championship.

Others to be inducted with Buck Johnson are: Jerry Duncan (Alabama football), Wilbur Jackson (Alabama football), Barry Krauss (Alabama football), Al Lary (Alabama football and baseball) posthumously, David Marsh (Auburn swimming), and Sonny Smith (Auburn basketball), and Gene Washington (football). Being honored as the Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen are David Housel (former athletics Director at Auburn) and Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore.

To order tickets for the June 3 induction banquet at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665 or go online to www.ashof.org and under the menu section print the 2007 ticket order form.


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