Career: “Big E” arrived at Houston in the mid-1960s and was an immediate starter. In his junior year, 1967, Hayes led the Cougars to their first Final Four and finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds in a semifinal loss to UCLA. The next season, he led Houston to a victory over the Bruins in the Astrodome in the “Game of the Century,” and the Cougars returned to the Final Four. Hayes averaged 31 points and 17.2 rebounds in his college career.
Beyond college: Hayes started and finished his NBA career with the Rockets (first in San Diego, then Houston), and in between helped the Washington Bullets to three NBA Finals appearances and the title in 1978. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1990 and chosen to the NBA’s 50th anniversary team in 1997.
Did you know? Hayes considered attending Wisconsin out of high school. Instead, he and Don Chaney became the first African-Americans to play at Houston, and for a predominantly white school in the eastern side of Texas.
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Career: Legendary football coach Eddie Robinson not only coached Grambling’s football team, he headed the basketball program for a few years, and was fortunate enough to coach Hopkins, who averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds from 1953-56.
Beyond college: Hopkins played for the Syracuse Nationals in the NBA for five years, and while he was student teaching, took a part-time job playing for the Harlem Globetrotters for $100 per game. He became a coach and won Southwestern Athletic Conference championships at Alcorn State, Southern and Grambling.
Did you know? While at Grambling, Hopkins was being persuaded to transfer to the West Coast by a cousin — Bill Russell at San Francisco. Hopkins was spending his summers in San Francisco and played with Russell and K.C. Jones.
Career: In 1977, Johnson became the first recipient of the Wooden Award as the best player in college basketball when he averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds for UCLA. Two years earlier, he helped Wooden win the last of his 10 NCAA championships.
Beyond college: Johnson was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks as the third overall selection in the 1977 NBA Draft and went on to a five-time all-star career. He also was a first-team All-NBA selection in 1979. Johnson dabbled in acting and landed parts in several movies, including “White Men Can’t Jump.”
Did you know? Johnson’s son Kris wore the same number as his dad — 54 — at UCLA and when the Bruins won the 1995 NCAA title, the Johnsons became the first father-son duo to win national championships. Later, Mike Bibby joined his dad, Henry, and Sean May joined his dad, Scott, on the list.
Career: Keady spent two seasons coaching at Western Kentucky before moving to Purdue, where he won 512 games over 25 years, becoming the Boilermakers’ career victory leader. Purdue won six conference titles during Keady’s watch. He was chosen Big Ten coach of the year seven times and won six national coach of the year honors.
Beyond college: No retirement for Keady. After leaving Purdue in 2005, spent one season at an assistant for the Toronto Raptors. It appear his coaching days were over, but in 2010, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, whose first coaching job was as a graduate assistant under Keady in 1988, hired his old coach in 2010. Keady serves as a special assistant/advisor to the Red Storm program.
Did you know? Keady, from Larned, was a four-sport star at Garden City Community College and finished his college career at Kansas State, where he played football, baseball and ran track. He broke into coaching at Beloit High, and won six conference championships at Hutchinson Community College.
Career: From 1990-98, Killian served as president of FIBA, the international governing body of basketball, and during that time served as a member of the International Olympic Committee. While he was leading basketball on an international level, Killian was simultaneously overseeing the National Junior College Athletic Association as its executive director. Killian was organization’s first leader and served in that role for 35 years until 2004. Killian had started a coaching career at Erie, N.Y., Community College in 1954.
Did you know? When Killian moved the NJCAA national headquarters from Hutchinson to Colorado Springs in 1985, he said the national basketball tournament wouldn’t follow suit. He was right then, and now. The 67th NJCAA Division I Tournament is set for Hutchinson on March 17-22, 2014.
Career: Stony Brook was Massimino’s first head coaching stop in 1969. He served as an assistant at Penn before becoming Villanova’s coach in 1973. In 1985, the Wildcats shocked college basketball with its monumental upset of Georgetown in the NCAA championship. Massimino later coached at UNLV and Cleveland State.
Beyond college: Massimino returned to Villanova as a consultant in 2005, but in 2006 he returned to coaching and still coaches Northwoods University, an NAIA Division II program in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Seahawks have won 64 games in the past two years, and Massimino entered this year with 717 career victories as a college coach.
Did you know? Villanova won the 1985 title as a No. 8 seed. It was the first year of the 64-team field and the last year college basketball would be played without a shot clock. A year earlier, the Wildcats likely wouldn’t have been invited, and a year later the shot clock would have prevented their deliberate style that worked against Georgetown. Villanova averaged 55.2 points in the title run.
Career: A prized recruit and Sports Illustrated cover boy, McMillen landed at Maryland and helped turn coach Lefty Driesell’s program into a national power. McMillen averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds and helped Maryland to a 73-17 record, and 1972 NIT championship during his career.
Beyond college: After an 11-year NBA career, McMillen entered politics and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986 and served three terms. Before finishing at Maryland, McMillen played for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team that that lost to the Soviet Union in the controversial gold-medal game.
Did you know? When McMillen arrived at Maryland, he told Driesell he wanted to be a Rhodes Scholar. Driesell was skeptical, saying it would be difficult to excel on both levels. McMillen proved him wrong.
Career: Raveling travels the world to promote the sport as Nike’s Director of International Basketball. He’s been involved in nearly every aspect of the game, as an assistant coach, a head coach at Washington State, Iowa and Southern California. He took each program to two NCAA Tournaments. His coaching career ended in 1994 after a long rehabilitation process from an automobile accident. Raveling has worked with Nike for nearly two decades and has written two books.
Did you know? When Dr. Martin Luther King finished his “I Have a Dream” speech to the audience of 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, he handed the copy to a young Raveling, who was on the podium with King. Raveling has been the caretaker of the original document.
1962-63 LOYOLA RAMBLERS
Season: The 1962-63 Ramblers won the school’s only NCAA Tournament championship, also the only one captured by a Division I Illinois college. It became the first NCAA winner with at least four African-Americans in the starting lineup, and the title was won three years before Texas Western defeated Kentucky in the championship game with an all-African American lineup. Loyola defeated Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime to win the championship.
Did you know? In the regional semifinal, Loyola played Mississippi State, which had to sneak out of Starkville to defy a state injunction to play a basketball game against an integrated team. The moment has been dubbed “The Game of Change.”
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star