Mark Aguirre Selected for College Basketball Hall of Fame

DePaul great Mark Aguirre was one of eight inductees in the 2016 class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announced earlier today. 

Aguirre averaged 24.5 points per game in his three college seasons at DePaul from 1978 to 1981. He led the Blue Demons to the Final Four in his freshman season at DePaul.  He was twice named an Associated Press All-American.  Following his junior season, Aguirre earned the AP, USBWA, UPI, and Sporting News Player of the Year Awards and also received the James Naismith Award.

Aguirre was the first player selected in the 1981 NBA Draft. He then went on to a 14 year playing career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and L.A. Clippers.

Aguirre joins legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer and former Blue Demon George Mikan in the Hall of Fame.  Meyer and Mikan were both inducted in 2006.

Aguirre will join Bob Boozer, Doug Collins, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons, Jamaal Wilkes, and Dominique Wilkins along with coaches Hugh Durham and Mike Montgomery in the Hall of Fame’s 2016 class.

The 2016 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 18th in Kansas City.


The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Mark Aguirre, Player, DePaul University

AP, USBWA, UPI and Sporting News National Player of the Year (1980)

James Naismith Award winner (1980)

Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1980, 1981)

Led DePaul to the Final Four as a freshman in 1979.

Selected No. 1 in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

Bob Boozer, Player, Kansas State University

Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1958, 1959)

Led K-State to the Final Four in 1958 and No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll in 1959.

Averaged 25.2 points per game—the second most in school history.

Selected No. 1 in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but delayed going pro in order to compete on the gold-medal and Hall of Fame 1960 Olympic men’s basketball team.

Doug Collins, Player, Illinois State University

Averaged 29.1 points per game over the course of his three-year career.

Named both an All-American and Academic All-American at the finish of each of his seasons, including becoming ISU’s first consensus first-team All-American in 1973.

Illinois State’s first recipient of a full basketball scholarship

School record holder for career points (2,240)

Selected No. 1 in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hugh Durham, Coach, Florida State University, University of Georgia, Jacksonville University

First and only coach in NCAA Div. I history to lead two different schools to their lone Final Four appearance (Florida State, Georgia).

First and only coach in NCAA Div. I history to be the all-time most successful coach at three universities (Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville).

Recruited and coached Florida State’s first African American basketball scholarship athlete in1966-67.

Coached fellow inductee Dominque Wilkins at Georgia (1979-82).

Came out of retirement at age 60 to help rebuild the Jacksonville program, transforming it into a conference contender.

Mike Montgomery, Coach, University of Montana; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley

Took over a Stanford program that had been absent from the NCAA Tournament for more than 40 years and returned the Cardinal to the Tournament within three seasons.

Reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times at Stanford with 10-straight second-round appearances and a trip to the 1998 Final Four.

Naismith College Coach of the Year (2000)

Four-time Pac 12 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)

Recorded 25 winning seasons out of 26 as a head coach at Montana, Stanford and Cal.

John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)

Lionel Simmons, Player, La Salle University

Only player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and record 1,100 rebounds.

Scored 3,217 career points—the third most in NCAA history.

Naismith, Wooden, AP and NABC College Player of the Year (1990)

Consensus first-team All-American (1990)

NCAA record for most consecutive games with double-figure scoring (115).

Jamaal Wilkes, Player, UCLA

Part of the record-setting UCLA 88-game win streak (1971-74)

Three Final Four appearances with two national titles (1972-74)

Two-time consensus first-team All-American (1973, 1974)

Three-time first-team Academic All-American (1972, 1973, 1974)

Member of the 1971 UCLA 20-0 freshman team with Greg Lee and Bill Walton

Dominique Wilkins, Player, University of Georgia

Second-team All-American (NABC, UPI) and third-team All-American (AP) in 1982

SEC Player of the Year (1981)

Averaged 21.6 points per game in his three collegiate seasons (1979-82)

Selected No. 3 overall in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

Coached by fellow inductee Hugh Durham at Georgia.

Went on to a legendary NBA career with nine All-Star selections, seven All-NBA Team selections and one NBA scoring title (1986).

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