Hondo To The Hall

Ohio State legend John Havlicek has been chosen for induction in the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

One of the greatest Ohio State men's basketball players of all time is now being honored as one of the best college players of all time, period.

Buckeyes legend John Havlicek was chosen for inclusion in the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, with the ceremony set for November.

Havlicek was a key contributor on the 1960 national championship team for the Buckeyes and the national runner-up squads in '61 and '62. The Lansing, Ohio, native averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the champs and 14.5 and 8.7 a year later. In 1962, he was a first-team All-American after averaging 16.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52.0 percent (196-377) from the field.

The Buckeyes went 78-6 in his tenure as a three-year starter, and Havlicek was twice an All-Big Ten pick. Havlicek also was a two-time pick on the all-tournament team at the Final Four. The 6-5 forward also averaged 8.6 rebounds and still ranks 11th in that department.

Havlicek holds several OSU records, including the best shooting performance in a game, a perfect 9-of-9 showing against Michigan in 1961.

His No. 5 jersey was retired at Ohio State in 2005, making him one of four players so honored by the school.

“This is really big because everything started here,” he said at the time. “My first championship was here. I’m from Ohio, my roots are in Ohio, I’ve always been a Buckeye and I’ll always remain a Buckeye, and for me to say anything other than that would be wrong.”

The man nicknamed "Hondo" went on to a decorated career with the Boston Celtics, playing 16 seasons and winning eight championships while earning 13 NBA All-Star nods and four first-team All-NBA honors. He was on the NBA 50th Anniversary Team as well after finishing his pro career with 20.8 points per game.

The Hall of Fame class also includes Charlie Scott, the first-ever African-American player at North Carolina. His son, Shannon, is a senior on the current Buckeye squad.


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