Aug. 13, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Two-time All-American Bob Boozer and the rest of the gold-medal winning 1960 U.S. Olympic team will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame today in Springfield, Mass.
The ceremony is schedule for 6 p.m. CT at the Springfield Symphony Hall and will be televised on NBA TV.
The 1960 squad will be among two Olympic teams inducted into the Hall of Fame, including the 1992 “Dream Team.” Individuals to be honored include Dr. Jerry Buss, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Hurley, Sr., Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, along with the late Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira.
Touted as the greatest basketball team in Olympic history, the 1960 U.S. squad went a perfect 8-0 in winning gold in Rome, averaging 101.9 points a game and posting an average margin of victory of 42.4 points. Led by Jerry Lucas’ 25 points, the Americans defeated Brazil, 90-63, in the gold medal game. Five players averaged in double figures led by Oscar Robertson and Lucas, who both averaged 17.0 points per game. Boozer averaged 6.8 points per game in playing in all eight games. Coached by legendary coach Pete Newell, 10 members of the 12-man roster went on to play in the NBA. The team is already a member of the Olympic Hall of Fame.
Boozer was the first K-State player to play for the U.S. Olympic team, preceding Rolando Blackman (1980) and Mitch Richmond (1988 and 1996).
Considered one of the most decorated players in K-State history, Boozer was the landslide leading vote-getter for the school’s All-Century Basketball team in 2003. A first team All-American in both 1958 and 1959, he averaged a double-double for his career with 21.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. A 6-foot-8 forward from Omaha, Neb., he averaged a then school-record 25.6 points per game as a senior en route to leading the Wildcats to the Big Eight regular season title with a perfect 14-0 mark and the No. 1 ranking in the final regular season poll of 1959. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA and helped the Milwaukee Bucks to the 1971 NBA title.
Boozer is a member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame, while his number 30 jersey was honored in 2005.