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Oscar Robertson heads field of returning college basketball hall of famers

John Wooden (center) shared the stage with other basketball celebrities, including (from left) Oscar Robertson, Dean Smith, Bill Russell and Ian Naismith during the inaugural National Collegitate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in 2006.
John Wooden (center) shared the stage with other basketball celebrities, including (from left) Oscar Robertson, Dean Smith, Bill Russell and Ian Naismith during the inaugural National Collegitate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in 2006. rsugg@kcstar.com

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame introduced its first class a decade ago, and the anniversary will be celebrated during this year’s ceremony.

In addition to the 2015 induction class that includes former Kansas State star Rolando Blackman, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, North Carolina’s Charlie Scott and Indiana’s Quinn Buckner, members of previous honors classes will be part of the ceremony on Friday at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

From the inaugural class, Oscar Robertson, considered one of the greatest college players of all time, is expected to attend.

Others from subsequent classes include Ralph Sampson, Xavier McDaniel, Phil Ford and Travis Grant.

“To have inductees like Oscar returning for this event is truly special,” said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NABC Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

Robertson joined Bill Russell and coaches John Wooden and Dean Smith in the inaugural event in 2006. Also inducted that night was James Naismith, represented by his grandson Ian. In attendance were Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight, then Texas Tech’s coach.

That night, and other induction ceremonies will be remembered Friday.

“To have this kind of group in the same room at one time is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion,” Haney said.

The returning Hall of Famers will be presented before the 10th class is introduced. Others in the latest the latest class: Ed Ratleff of Long Beach State, and coaches Don Donoher of Dayton, Lou Henson of Illinois and New Mexico State and C. Felton “Zip” Gayles, of Langston (Okla.).

Hall of Fame ticket information can be found at collegebasketballhalloffame.com.

The ceremony will be held on a Friday for the first time. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is set for Nov. 23-24 and will match Missouri-Kansas State and North Carolina-Northwestern in the semifinals.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

College basketball events in Kansas City during 2015-16

Nov. 20: National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony

The 10th class includes John Havlicek, Charlie Scott, Rolando Blackman, Ed Ratliff, Quinn Buckner, Don Donoher, Lou Henson and Zip Gayles.

Nov. 23-24 CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center

Nov. 23: Kansas State vs. Missouri, 6 p.m.; Northwestern vs. North Carolina, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 24: Third-place game, 6:30 p.m.; Championship, 9 p.m.

Dec. 12: KU at the Sprint Center

Oregon State vs. Kansas, 7 p.m.

March 3-4: MIAA men’s and women’s tournaments

At Municipal Auditorium

March 9-12: Big 12 men’s basketball tournament

At the Sprint Center

March 16-22: NAIA Division I Men’s National Championship

At Municipal Auditorium

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