University of Houston men’s basketball reveals 5th all-time start


HOUSTON – The University of Houston revealed their all-time starting lineup for their men’s basketball program on Saturday, as voted by their fans.

It was to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of UH Athletics. The all-time starting lineup was revealed at halftime of Houston’s 76-66 win over Wichita State.

KEY POINT: Rob Williams

• First Cougar to be named NCAA Tournament Regional MVP (1982)

• 1982 Selection of the second All-America team

• Honorable mention 1981 All-America

• 1981 USBWA District Player of the Year

• Three-time winner of the All-Southwest Conference First Team (1982, 1981, 1980)

• Most Valuable Player of the 1981 Southwestern Conference Tournament

• Twice a member of the All-Star Southwest Conference Tournament (1982, 1981)

• Ranked among Houston’s Top 10 Career Leaders for points and assists

• Selected with No. 19 pick in 1982 NBA Draft by Denver Nuggets

SHOOTING GUARD: Otis Birdsong

• Inducted into the 2018 National College Basketball Hall of Fame

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• 2000 inducted into the Houston Track and Field Hall of Honor

• Four-year-old Letterman from 1973 to 1977

• 1977 All-American Consensus

• 1977 Southwest Conference Player of the Year

• 1970s Southwestern Conference Player of the Decade

• Remains the second leading scorer in program history more than 40 years after his last college game

• 2nd player selected in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings

• Jersey # 10 was retired on January 18, 1997

WING: Clyde Drexler

• Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004

• Inducted into the Houston Athletics Hall of Honor in 1998

• Led Houston to two NCAA Final Fours and a 1983 NCAA Tournament National Championship game

• Selection of the 1983 All-America first team after averaging 15.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior

• Three-year letterman from 1980 to 1983

• Member of the All-Decade team of the Southwest Conference for the 1980s

• Remains school career record holder with 268 flights almost 40 years after his last college game

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• Only player in school history with over 1,000 points, over 900 rebounds, over 300 assists and over 250 steals

• Selected with No. 14 pick in 1983 NBA Draft by Portland Trail Blazers

• Shirt n ° 22 was withdrawn on February 12, 1997

POWER FORWARD: Elvin Hayes

• Inducted into the 1990 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

• Inducted into the 2013 National College Basketball Hall of Fame

• 1974 inducted into the Houston Track and Field Hall of Honor

• Led Houston to the first two NCAA Final Four appearances in school history (1968-67)

• Continues to hold a career record in scoring and rebounding, in one season and in season games over 50 years after his last college game

• National player of the year 1968

• Three times in the first American All-Star Team (1968, 1967, 1966)

• Scored 39 points with 15 rebounds to lead Houston No. 2 at 71-69 against UCLA No. 1 inside the Houston Astrodome during the Game of the Century in front of nearly 53,000 fans (20 Jan 1968)

• First Cougar to be selected No.1 in the NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets in 1968

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• One of the first two African-American basketball student-athletes in Houston history

• Shirt n ° 44 was withdrawn on December 18, 1993

CENTER: Hakeem Olajuwon

• Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008

• Inducted into the Houston Athletics Hall of Honor in 1998

• Led Houston to three NCAA Finals and two NCAA National Championship games

• 1983 NCAA Final Four Best Player – Last student-athlete on a team that did not win the National Championship to be so honored

• Only Cougar to be named two-time Regional MVP of the NCAA Tournament (1984, 1983)

• 1984 All-American Consensus

• 1984 South West Conference Player of the Year

• Third player in NCAA history to lead the nation in two statistical categories in 1983-84 (67.7% FG; 13.5 rpg)

• Second Cougar to be taken with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets in 1984

• Shirt # 34 was retired on February 12, 1997

HEAD COACH: Guy V. Lewis

• Inducted into the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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• Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007

• 1998 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inducted as coach

• 1971 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inducted as student-athlete

• Raised a career record of 592-279 from 1956 to 1986

• Led the Cougars to four Southwestern Conference tournament championships and two Southwestern Conference regular season titles

• Produced 15 All-Americans with 26 1,000-point scorers, two overall NBA Draft picks, 11 NBA Draft first round picks and 29 NBA Draft picks

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