UMass spent Thursday with another practice at NC State, an open workout at the PNC Arena, met the media and wrapped things up with a pep rally at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Raleigh. And UMass alum Julius Erving paid a visit to the team and offered them a message about life and basketball.
With the NBA Draft tonight, we've compiled some clips and news articles from when recent UMass standouts realized their dreams when they heard their name called. But first here's a list of the UMass draft history...
1968: Billy Tindall (Atlanta Hawks, 10th round)
1969: Pete Gayeska (Atlanta Hawks, 9th round)
1972: Julius Erving (Milwaukee Bucks, 1st Round - 12th overall)
1973: Tom Austin (Boston Celtics, 19th round)
1974: Al Skinner (Boston Celtics, 9th round)
1975: John Murphy (Chicago Bulls, 8th round)
1975: Bill Endicott (Boston Celtics, 10th round)
1977: Jim Town (Denver Nuggets, 6th round)
1978: Derick Claiborne (Kansas City Kings, 5th round)
1978: Mark Haymore (Philadelphia 76ers, 5th round)
Check out this great Q&A feature on UMass alum and Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving on All Hip Hop.com.
On Friday, February 18, 2011, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presented Julius Erving with Hennessy's Privilege Award. The award was created in 2003 and serves as recognition for outstanding individuals who give back to their communities through service, leadership or the arts. Just a few moments before the award ceremony, Julius Erving managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry - reflecting on the importance of service, the need for mentorship, and the dynamic relationship between basketball and hip-hop.
The Bleacher Report has a story on how fans shouldn't compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan but instead -- UMass Hall of Fame legend Julius Erving. The story mentions Erving averaged 32.5 points and 20.2 rebounds per game at UMass.
Interesting nugget from the Toronto
Sun connecting two UMass Hall of Famers. Future big-league pitcher
Mike Flanagan played on the UMass freshman basketball team, where he
often got to scrimmage against a varsity forward named Julius Erving. "I
really didn't know much about Dr. J until I came down on a fast break
and pulled up to take a jump shot," Flanagan once told the Toronto Sun.
"Dr. J was nowhere in the area but, out of nowhere, he blocked the shot
and nine players were running the other way. First thing I thought?
Better work on my slider, because this is a whole different level of