ZELMO BEATY, player
▪ CAREER: The 6-9 Beaty was an athletic front-liner who averaged 25 points and 20 rebounds for Prairie View A&M in the early 1960s. He led the Panthers to the NAIA championship in 1962 in the program’s only appearance in the Kansas City tournament, winning the Chuck Taylor Award as the event MVP. Beaty’s 96 rebounds in the 1962 tournament are still the record for one tournament.
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: Beaty was a star in both the NBA and ABA. He was chosen to the NBA all-rookie team in 1962-63 and played in two NBA all-star games as a member of the St. Louis Hawks. He jumped to the ABA and played for the Utah Stars, winning the ABA championship in 1971. He played in three ABA all-star games. Beaty died last year at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He was 73.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Beaty spent his post-career life coaching in the ABA, working as a TV and radio analyst for the Utah Jazz and in financial planning. On the Hawks’ career lists, Beaty ranks sixth in rebounding and 10th in points.
DALE BROWN, coach
▪ CAREER: Brown followed a winning record in his first season at LSU with three straight sub-.500 seasons and offered to step down. The athletic director refused, and Brown went on to 17 straight winning seasons, two Final Four appearances and two national coach of the year honors. Brown finished 25 seasons in Baton Rouge with a 448-301 record and ranks behind only Adolph Rupp and Billy Donovan for victories by an Southeastern Conference coach. Brown’s 238 league victories rank second.
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: Brown has been just as busy in his post-coaching life that began in 1997. He traveled the world, covering 90 countries by his count. He’s a motivational speaker and has written a book “Words to Lift Your Spirits.” He started the Dale Brown Foundation in 1986 to help those in need and was very active after hurricanes devastated Louisiana in 2005.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Brown served as an advisor to Matthew McConaughey in the movie, “We Are Marshall.”
HOWARD GARFINKEL, contributor
▪ CAREER: “Garf” started the first high school scouting service for East Coast basketball in 1965 and a year later created Five-Star Basketball Camp in Honesdale, Pa., which became the standard for camps. The nation’s top high school prospects, with some of the top college players as counselors and the game’s top coaches there to scout, made Five-Star the summer hoops capital. Michael Jordan, Moses Malone and Isiah Thomas were among the campers. Among the coaches who made it an annual stop were Rick Pitino and John Calipari. ESPN’s Dick Vitale credits Garfinkel for taking his career from a high school to college coach. “Without Howard Garfinkel, you wouldn’t have heard of me,” Vitale said.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Some of the athletes who attended Garfinkel’s Five-Star Camp made it in something other than basketball. The list includes baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Scott Rolen, and football players Tony Gonzalez and Cris Carter.
DARRELL GRIFFITH, player
▪ CAREER: Griffith was the pride of Louisville. He was born there, played at Male High and led Louisville to its first NCAA championship in 1980. Griffith won the Wooden Award and was chosen Final Four MVP that season. He scored 23 points in the Cardinals’ 59-54 victory over UCLA in the championship game, and his No. 35 jersey was retired after the season. Griffith averaged 19 points, five rebounds and three assists in his college career.
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: The Utah Jazz made Griffith the second overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, and the player known as Dr. Dunkenstein for his leaping ability was voted rookie of the year. Griffith had his best season in 1984-85, when he averaged 22.6 points as he developed a perimeter game and became one of the game’s best shooters. At the end of his 10-year career, all with Utah, Grffith had a second No. 35 jersey retired.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Griffith is host to an annual Kentucky Derby Gala to raise money for his foundation that is spread to charities around Louisville.
GRANT HILL, player
▪ CAREER: Before Grant Hill, Duke was going to Final Fours. With Hill, the Blue Devils won national championships. Hill arrived in 1990, started immediately and helped Duke capture NCAA titles in his first two years. His leaping, one-handed grab and slam early in the 1991 title game against Kansas remains one of the signature moments in NCAA Tournament history. He was on the assist end of another of those moments, the long pass to Christian Laettner, whose buzzer-beating jumper downed Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional final.
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: A seven-time NBA All-Star, Hill scored more than 17,000 points for the Pistons, Magic, Suns and Clippers. He also was a member of the 1996 United States gold-medal-winning Olympic team. Hill was part of a group that bid to own the Clippers. That failed, but Hill has said he’d like to become an NBA owner.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Among Hill’s many initiatives is improving nutritional habits, especially among the young. He’s opened Subway restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area to help provide healthier eating options.
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, player
▪ CAREER: O’Neal was a dominant presence for LSU teams of the early 1990s. As a sophomore and junior, he was chosen SEC player of the year and was an All-American. He was chosen AP player of the year in 1991. O’Neal set the SEC blocked-shots record as a freshman and broke it in each of the next two years. He led the nation in rebounding as a sophomore (14.7) and was second as a junior (14.0).
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: “Shaq” was the overall No. 1 pick of the Orlando Magic in 1992 and led the team to the NBA Finals in 1995. He signed with the Lakers and helped lead the team to three straight NBA championships. O’Neal was chosen NBA Finals MVP all three times. He added a fourth championship in 2006 with the Heat. He was a 15-time All-Star, eight-time first-team All-NBA selection and played for the 1996 gold-medal winning Olympic team.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? O’Neal finished playing with a year of eligibility remaining. He continued to take correspondence courses and received his bachelor’s degree from LSU in 2000. He is one of four LSU athletes whose number (33) has been retired, along with football player Billy Cannon (20), and basketball players Pete Maravich (23) and Bob Pettit (55).
GLENN WILKES SR., contributor/coach
▪ CAREER: In a 36-year career at Stetson, Wilkes compiled a 551-436 record and led the program from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division I. He also sponsored the first coaching clinic in the South, the first clinic for youth boys and girls and the first officials’ clinic. He’s written seven basketball books and owns a travel company that takes college teams overseas for competition. Wilkes is an assistant director of the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., and for 20 years ran George Raveling’s Nike All-America Camp.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? Wilkes’ son, Glenn Jr., is the head coach of the women’s team at Rollins College and has amassed a 608-206 record in 29 years entering this season. That’s the seventh-best record among active Division II coaches.
GARY WILLIAMS, coach
▪ CAREER: Williams completed his 33-year career with a 668-380 record and reached the postseason at four stops, American, Boston College, Ohio State and Maryland. He spent 22 seasons at Maryland, where he won 448 games and the 2002 NCAA championship by beating Kansas and Indiana at the Final Four. He played for Maryland in the mid-1960s. In 2012, Maryland named its home floor “Gary Williams Court.”
▪ BEYOND COLLEGE: Since stepping down after the 2011 season, Williams has served as an assistant to Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and is helping raise funds for an indoor football practice facility. He has also worked as an analyst for the Big Ten Network.
▪ DID YOU KNOW? William’ first head coaching job in college came as a soccer coach. He was hired by Lafayette head coach Tom Davis, and the position also required that he become the school’s soccer coach. He complied a 27-37-13 record in six seasons.