Piatkowski to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Eric Piatkowski, a former Husker who is currently a 12-year veteran of the NBA, will join an elite group this weekend when he is in town for the 15-year reunion of the winningest team in Nebraska basketball history. During a ceremony at the Nebraska-Texas Tech men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 18 (3 p.m. tip off), Piatkowski will be inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame.

"Eric is extremely deserving of this honor and we are excited that he is able to make it back to Lincoln this weekend to join us," said Executive Associate AD Marc Boehm. "This is the first time in three years that a new addition will be made to the hall of fame and who better to receive this recognition than someone with Eric's credentials. This will be a great event for the hall of fame along with Eric and his family, and all the Husker fans at the game."

Piatkowski will be joined this weekend by several teammates from the 1990-91 squad as well as members of the Hall of Fame when he becomes the 59th member of the hall and the first since former teammate Beau Reid – also a key member of the 1990-91 team that won a school-record 26 games – was inducted in 2003. Piatkowski is the fourth player from that team to be inducted into the hall along with Rich King (inducted in 2001), Clifford Scales (2002) and Reid.

A native of Rapid City, S.D., Piatkowski lettered from 1991 to 1994 while helping the Huskers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and an 85-39 career record including three 20-win seasons. He finished his career with 1,934 points to rank second in school history and his 21.5 points-per-game average as a senior in 1994 is the third-highest total in the NU record book. He was the first player in Nebraska history to record at least 1,900 points, grab 600 rebounds (669) and dish out 300 assists (322) and with 202 career treys, is one of only two Huskers to record at least 200 3-pointers in a career.

Piatkowski was the Most Valuable Player of the 1994 Big Eight Tournament and set the school single-game record in the first round of the tournament by scoring 42 points in a 105-88 win over Oklahoma. NU then defeated No. 3 Missouri, 98-91, and No. 23 Oklahoma State, 77-68, to win its first-ever conference tournament title.

After redshirting as a freshman, Piatkowski averaged 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Huskers as they went 26-8, including a school-record tying 14-game winning streak, during the 1990-91 campaign. NU finished the season with its highest ranking ever at No. 9 by UPI and No. 11 by the Associated Press. He followed his rookie season by starting 28-of-29 games while averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore before producing 16.7 points per contest as a junior. Piatkowski had career averages of 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest and was a two-time All-Big Eight first-team selection.

Following his senior season, Piatkowski was the second player in program history to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft, going to the Indiana Pacers with the No. 15 selection. His rights were then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers where he played eight seasons before joining the Houston Rockets in 2003. He was traded to Chicago in the summer of 2004, and now has played more than 740 career games in the NBA while averaging 7.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest. He is the Clippers' all-time leader in 3-pointers (738) and 3-point percentage (40.2) and is second in the team record book with 616 games played.

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