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Elgin Baylor

Inducted: 1962

As an indication of the esteem in which he was held by the National Basketball Association, he was chosen as a member of the pro circuit's All-Star team for 10 consecutive seasons, capping a Seattle University career which gained him All-American recognition.

Gale Bishop

Inducted: 1968

After twice gaining All-American recognition at Washington State, this Bellingham standout was voted a place on the Arm-Armed Services team when he took his basketball wares into the Army during World War II and eventually earned professional baseball repute after the war.

Fred Brown

Inducted: 1997

One of pro basketball's all-time greats, he played his entire 13-year NBA career with the Seattle Supersonics, retiring in 1984. A college All-America, he was the seventh pick in the 1971 NBA draft. Captain of the 1978-79 World Champions, he holds numerous team records including games played with 963, scoring with 14,018 points, field goals with 6,006, steals with 1,149 and a single game 58 points scored against the Warriors in 1974.



Frank Burgess

Inducted: 2004

Called the "Master" of two courts, he excelled as a Gonzaga University basketball star from 1958-61 and currently as a lifetime United States District Judge in Tacoma appointed by former President Bill Clinton. His Gonzaga career records include scoring leader with 2196 points, single season leader with 842 points, seven 40-plus point games, single game record of 52 points against UC Davis, 1961 NCAA scoring champion with a 32.4 average, and two-time collegiate All-America standout.

Gene Conley

Inducted: 1979

A WSU All-American basketball and baseball standout who became a stellar pitcher in the National League and star performer for the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He won 91 games in an 11-year Major League career. Member of Cougar Hall of Fame.

Bobby Galer

Inducted: 1979

Considered one of the UW's all-time scoring greats, the former All-American distinguished himself with a brilliant military record, retiring as a Marine Corps General and a holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is a member of the Huskies All-Time starting five.

Vince Hanson

Inducted: 2007

Vince Hanson gained national prominence as a sophomore for the Cougars in 1945, setting a national scoring record with 592 points.  He was accorded Helms' Foundation All-America recognition and earned All-PCC honor in 1945.  During his career he set single season records for points and field goals and career marks for field goals (460) and points (1153). Hanson, who attended Lincoln high in Tacoma, played with the Goodyear Wingfoots out of Akron, Ohio, in the old AAU league in 1948 before entering the insurance business.

Marv Harshman

Inducted: 1994

One of Pacific Lutheran University's legendary athletes, he became one of the nation's top collegiate basketball coaches. He began his illustrious coaching career at PLU before moving onto Washington State and the University of Washington. His teams won 642 games over a 40-year span.

Steve Hawes

Inducted: 2004

Truly one of the State's outstanding high school, collegiate and pro stars. Following graduation from Mercer Island High he starred as an All-American at the University of Washington in the early 1970s. Before spending 10 seasons in the NBA, he played two years in Europe with Italy, then joined Houston in 1975. He played with four NBA Teams scoring a career total of 5768 points. After retiring in 1984 with the Sonics he played an additional year in Europe.

Bob Houbregs

Inducted: 1969

One of the University of Washington's all-time basketball greats, he achieved All-American recognition in 1953, when he averaged 25.6 points per game and attained a total of 1,774 points in his four-year career as a Husky. Six seasons in the NBA. He later became a top NBA front office official.

Hal Lee

Inducted: 1974

An automatic choice for a berth on the University of Washington's all-time basketball team, he'd have been close to the same distinction in baseball, and he'd have made his somewhat skinny physique to the gridiron while attending the Seattle school.

Paul Lindeman
Inducted: 1994

One of Washington Sate University's all-time basketball greats. A member of the 1941 Cougar team that lost to Wisconsin in the NCAA championship game, 39 to 34. He earned All-America honors in 1941 and gained national attention for Cougar basketball.

Bill Morris

Inducted: 1983

A legendary University of Washington basketball star. He was a key to the school's 1943 Pacific Coast Conference championship team. A Husky team captain, he gained All-America honors. Later he was a highly successful UW freshman coach. A Bremerton high school graduate.

Jack Nichols

Inducted: 1965

When he earned the starting center job with the NBA championship Boston Celtics in 1957, few ripples were created in University of Washington basketball circles. He'd already set the UW school record by scoring 1,070 points in varsity play. He spent 10 full seasons in the NBA.

Eddie O'Brien

Inducted: 1967

Nobody, not even his eminent twin brother, can quarrel with the honors which came his way during highly successful basketball and baseball careers at Seattle University, then a major league diamond career which put him in the pension fold. He later served as Seattle University's athletic director.

Johnny O'Brien

Inducted: 1967

For a little fellow playing a game where the giants prevail, he made quite a splash as a Seattle University basketball player, earning All-American distinction among other things. After a whirl at professional baseball, he turned to the political field and, doing what comes naturally, won public office as a King County officer holder.

Jack Sikma

Inducted: 1998

Stellar player with the Seattle Sonics for nine seasons, 1978-86. When traded in 1986 to Milwaukee, he left the Sonics with more rebounds, 7729, more blocked shots, 705, and most free throws made, 3044, than any other player in team history. Ranks second among all Sonics in points scored, 12,034, and games played, 715. Member of the 1979 world championships. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star. His number 43 jersey was retired in 1992.


Doug Smart

Inducted: 1994

One of the University of Washington's premier basketball stars, he starred for the Huskies in the 1950's. He won numerous all-star honor, gaining All-America recognition in his junior and senior seasons. He led his Garfield Bulldogs to a state high school championship in 1955. He is now a prominent Seattle dentist.



John Stockton

Inducted: 2009

John Stockton's athletic accomplishments during his high school, career at Gonzaga

Preparatory (1980 graduate) in Spokane, Washington, and his college and professional

career are astonishing.


Most basketball fans have come to know Stockton because of his phenomenal 19-year

National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Utah Jazz. During Stockton's

career with the Jazz, he established himself as one of the top point guards in the history

of the NBA.


Stockton's accomplishments during his prep career mirror that of his storied professional

career. He was a wonderful teammate who made every one around, him a better player.

During Stockton's senior season (1979-80), he averaged over 23 points per game.

Throughout his career he shot better than 56 percent from the floor and recorded 264

steals, 295 assists and. amassed nearly 800 total points.


His aptitude for success on the basketball court continued at Gonzaga University from

1980-1984. While at CU, John scored 1,340 points and dished out 554 assists. During

the 1983-84 season, Stockton led the West Coast Conference in scoring (20.9),

assists (201) and steals (109). He received many awards and honors, including being

named, the West Coast Conference Most Valuable Player for the 1983-84 season.


Stockton's sensational professional career includes being named a member of the men's

basketball "Dream Team" that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in

Barcelona, the 1996 Dream Team that won gold in Atlanta, being selected in 1996 as one

of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History" and becoming the NBA's all-time leader in

assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). He was also selected to play in ten NBA All-Star games.

John's achievements were capped off with his induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of

Fame in September of 2009.


Stockton has continued to own a residence in his hometown of Spokane and has established

himself as a vital part of the Spokane community by funding capital projects and donating

funds that focus on youth development and training.

























































































































































































































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