In a move that seems long overdue, former University of Louisville All-American Darrell Griffith is headed into the Hall of Fame.
Dr. Dunkenstein will be inducted later this year into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. The event is a three-day ceremony that begins on Nov. 23.
Griffith was a national player of the year and consensus All-American for the Cardinals. The Louisville native helped the Cardinals to the school's first NCAA national title in 1980.
The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience adjacent to the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Griff will be joined by a star-studded lineup that includes LSU's Shaquille O'Neal, Duke's Grant Hill, NAIA star Zelmo Beaty from Prairie View, two-time NCAA Final Four coach Dale Brown of LSU and NCAA Final Four Coach Gary Williams of Maryland. Also inducted will be Five-Star basketball camp founder Howard Garfinkel and Glenn Wilkes, Sr., long-time coach at Stetson and prolific author of basketball coaching books.
Griffith was the man for the Cardinals.
He earned the Wooden Award in 1980 and helped the Cardinals past UCLA in the championship game. He had 23 points in the final and was named the MVP of the Final Four.
Griffith was named a consensus All-American in addition to being tabbed The Sporting News Player of the Year. His No. 35 jersey number was retired during ceremonies after the 1980 season. It is on permanent display at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Griffith finished his career as the school's career scoring leader (2,333 points), becoming the first to surpass the 2,000-point mark. He totaled 825 points his senior season, making him the first and only player at UofL to surpass 700 points in a single year. Impressively, he concluded his tenure at Louisville scoring in double figures in 111 of his 126 contests, including his last 41 straight.
Former coach Denny Crum and All-American Wes Unseld are the only two former U of L players or coaches already in the Hall of Fame.