Massachusetts Alum Rick Pitino Selected For Induction Into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
April 8, 2013
Former Massachusetts alumnus Rick Pitino is among the 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced on Monday.
The enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2013 will take place Sept. 6-8, 2013, in Springfield, Mass.
He joins former Minuteman great Julius Erving as UMass alumni in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Oyster Bay, N.Y. native was at UMass from 1970-74, playing on the freshman team in 70-71 and the varsity squad for two seasons from 72-74. His varsity teams went 41-12 overall, 21-3 in the Yankee Conference, won two league titles and went to the NIT both years.
The point guard left UMass with 329 career assists to rank second all-time (that stat is currently 11th). He led the team in assists during his junior and senior years. His 168 helpers in 1973-74 were a school record at the time and are currently 10th at UMass.
He went on to a successful coaching career that has spanned more than 30 years. He is the only coach in NCAA history to take three different teams - Providence, Kentucky and Louisville - to the NCAA Final Four.
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