Rick Adelman: He was an outstanding local point guard at St. Pius X in Downey before playing at Loyola University of LA (now Loyola-Marymount) from 1965-68. He was the WCC Player of the Year in 1968 and twice All-Conference. He was inducted into the LMU HOF in 1986. He was a 7th round draft pick of the San Diego Rockets and had a seven-year NBA playing career competing in 462 games before going into coaching. He spent 37 years in pro basketball, including the last 25 as a NBA head coach. The 6-1, 175-pound Adelman was the Portland Trailblazer Asst. Coach before becoming head coach in 1989. He went to two NBA finals and one conference finals in five years. He then coached the Golden State Warriors, before moving for a successful run with the Sacramento Kings, going to the playoffs every year in the best period in their franchise history. He then coached the Houston Rockets where he won his 800th career game, before finishing his career with Minnesota. He won his 1000th game on April 6, 2013. He retired after the following season. He won 1042 games in his career to rank in the top ten all-time in victories and was a three-time All-Star game head coach.
Gilbert Arenas: The greatest basketball player in Grant High School history, Arenas was an All-LA City Basketball choice in 1998 and 1999. He then attended the University of Arizona, where he was an All-Pac 10 selection in 2000 and 2001. Joining the NBA following his sophomore year, he played for four NBA teams from 2001-12. Arenas was named the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2002–03 season. His finest years were in Washington where he was a three-time All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007). He was an All-NBA second team pick in 2007 when he averaged 28.4 ppg. He once scored 60 points against the Lakers breaking the all-time Washington franchise mark. Arenas ended his NBA career with 11,402 points scored and a 20.7 per game career scoring average. He was inducted into the 2017 LA City Athletics HOF. Today he runs his own production company.
Bill Armstrong (Deceased): He was the winningest coach in California HS history when he passed away in 2003. He coached at Compton High School from 1958-1972, winning 12 league titles with 14 straight CIF playoff appearances. He won five CIF titles in 1958, 61, 63, 68, and 69. He won back-to-back National Championships in 1968 and 1969 when his teams went 66-0, becoming the only CIF team to ever go unbeaten in winning 2 straight titles (from 1966-71, Compton was 169-12, a .934 winning percentage. Compton was selected for ESPN’S Fabulous 50 ALL-TIME Winningest High School Basketball teams for 68 and 69. His overall coaching record was 908-298, .752 winning percentage, including 25 league titles, plus he won another CIF title at Palm Springs HS where he coached from 1972-1986. He was considered as the “John Wooden of HS Basketball” during his time and the Compton basketball court was dedicated in his honor in 2016.
Rich Branning: Rich was the 1976 California Mr. Basketball and Cal-Hi Basketball Player of the Year while leading Marina HS of Huntington Beach to CIF honors and averaged 27 points per game as a 6-3 point guard. He accepted a basketball scholarship to Notre Dame over local schools. He was the point guard for Notre Dame’s only Final Four team in 1978 and holds the honor of beating UCLA four straight years while playing for the Fighting Irish. He averaged in double figures all four seasons while leading the Fighting Irish in assists. He was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA draft by Indiana. He went to graduate school at USC and worked for a year as a grad assistant under Stan Morrison before starting a career in business.
Joe Caldwell: Joe was one of the greatest all-around players of the 1960s. He was an LA City star at Fremont High School even though he didn’t start playing on the varsity until his junior year. He then became a Collegiate All-American at Arizona State after turning down UCLA. The 6-5 ‘Jumping Joe’ left as the all-time leading scorer and second leading rebounder after sparking ASU to three straight NCAA appearances. He was the second overall selection of the 1964 NBA Draft by Detroit and is a historical rarity in being an all-star in both the NBA where he played six seasons, and in the ABA where he played five seasons. He was also a key member of the 1964 USA Olympic Basketball team that won the Gold Medal in Tokyo. He was a charter member of the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Fame and a charter member of the LA City Athletics HOF in 2013. He is the grandfather of NBA player Marvin Bagley III of Sacramento.
Baron Davis: Baron grew up in Los Angeles and was one of the top local youth players in history and went to Crossroads HS in Santa Monica. There he was named the 1997 Gatorade National Player of the Year along with McDonald’s and Parade All-Americans. He was also the 1997 California Mr. Basketball winner. He went to UCLA where he was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and then Collegiate All-American, which led to him becoming the number 3 overall NBA draft pick by New Orleans. The 6-0 point guard had an 11-year NBA career, including three years with the LA Clippers and was a two-time all-star, always among the league assist leaders and twice led the league in steals. After leaving the NBA, he played in the Big3 League and has always played in the Drew Summer League. He is now involved in various Los Angeles area entertainment and business ventures and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Nancy Dunkle: Nancy was the dominate ‘big player’ of the early 1970s, first leading Connelly HS of Anaheim under Darlene May to a 55-1 CIF record and then the 6-2 center sparked Cal State Fullerton to four straight AIAW playoff berths, including a 1975 national semi-final appearance as the Titans were the best team in the West under Billie Moore. She was one of the all-time leading scorers (1,559 points) and rebounders in school history, averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds per game, despite being double and triple teamed. She helped the first USA Olympic Basketball Team to a 1976 Montreal Silver Medal, finishing as one of the top scorers and rebounders. She was a three-time Kodak All-American (1975-77) for the Titans. She also spent two years after retiring as the CSF head coach. She was inducted into the second class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and she was selected for the 2005 first class of the Cal State Fullerton Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nicole Erickson: She was a HS All-American point guard at Brea-Olinda, where she set an Orange County record for three pointers in a games with 11 during 1992-93 and won four straight CIF and State titles from 1991-1994. In her senior year she had 16 points in the championship game as the team finished 33-0 with a 54 game winning streak, finished #1 in the USA Today final poll and she was the California State Player of the Year with three straight All-State selections. She also had her jersey retired. After playing her freshman and sophomore seasons at Purdue, she transferred to Duke, where she averaged 11.9 points and 3.2 assists over two seasons. As a member of the Blue Devils, she was a two-time All-ACC and All-NCAA regional selection. In 1999, Erickson helped her team to its first Final Four and an NCAA runner-up finish. Upon completing her degree in cultural anthropology, Erickson played professionally for Strasbourg RCS in France for one season. She has worked as a college assistant coach and is currently a high school coach in Jacksonville.
Gail Goodrich: The 1961 Los Angeles City Player of the Year at LA Poly HS and California’s Mr. Basketball scored the key points in the City Championship game. Goodrich is the only player to start on an LA City High School championship team, an NCAA championship team (twice), and an NBA championship team. At Poly, he averaged 23.2 points per game as a 5-8 point guard. Although his father was a star at USC, Goodrich attended UCLA to play for John Wooden and was an All-America selection in 1964 and 1965, playing on the Bruins’ first two NCAA championship teams. He set a NCAA record with 42 points in the 1965 title game. During a long NBA career (1966-79) with three teams, he was a member of the 1972 Laker NBA champs, was an All-NBA choice in 1974 and 5-time all-star. He scored over 19,000 points during his pro career and his jersey has been retired at the high school (#12), college and pro levels (#25). Goodrich is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the first College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and a charter member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. He was the Basketball Director for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games at the Forum.
Doug Gottlieb: Doug was the 1995 Orange County Player of the Year and prep All-American out of Tustin High School where he led his team to the CIF finals playing point guard. He started his college career playing career at Notre Dame. The 6-1 Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame member (he played on the Gold Medal winning Maccabiah team) then transferred to Oklahoma State where he started at point guard and led the nation in assists as a junior and runner-up as a senior as the team made three straight NCAA Tournaments and an Elite 8 appearance. He was also Big 8 Newcomer of the Year. He played professionally in the United States pro league and also played overseas. He retired and now has a successful radio and television broadcasting career for Fox Sports.
Dennis Johnson: Dennis was a standout at Dominguez High School, Harbor College and Pepperdine University before moving into a long NBA career. He was also a coach for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. He led Harbor to the 1975 California State JC title, averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds per game. In his one-year at Pepperdine he averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game leading to becoming a second round NBA draft pick. He led the Seattle Sonics to its only NBA title in 1979 and was selected as Finals MVP. He won two more NBA titles with the Boston Celtics as a 6-4 starting guard. The Celtics retired his number 3 jersey. He was a five-time All-Star and 9-time All-Defensive player. After retiring he was a NBA assistant coach for the Celtics and LA Clippers. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2010. He passed away at age of 52 in February of 2007.
Steve Kerr: He was an outstanding All-City high school shooting guard at Palisades. His decorated career then brought him to Lute Olson and the University of Arizona, where Kerr became a second team All-American in 1988 when he set an NCAA record for 3-point percentage in a season (114–199, 57.3%) and helped U of A to its first Final Four. He then went onto a successful NBA playing career where he won five championships with the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs in a career spanning from 1989-2003. Kerr holds the NBA record for highest three-point shooting percentage (45.4%) for any player with at least 250 three pointers made in NBA history. After retiring, he served as General Manager of the Phoenix Suns as well as serving as a broadcast analyst for Turner Network Television (TNT) on two different occasions. Kerr then turned to coaching and has quickly become one of the most highly respected coaches in the NBA. He led the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA championship; giving him six NBA rings. His 2016 Warriors’ team set an all-time NBA record for wins in a single season with 73 earning him NBA Coach of the Year honors. He won titles again in 2017 and 2018 and is still coaching today.
Bill Laimbeer: Bill was a 6-11 All-CIF center at Palos Verdes HS, who opted to go away for college to Notre Dame. He led PV to the 1975 CIF title, upsetting five-time champion Verbum Dei in the semi-finals. After a solid college career with the Fighting Irish, where he was the starting center for the only Notre Dame team to ever reach the Final Four in 1978, Laimbeer went onto a 14-year professional career, mostly with the Detroit Pistons. At Detroit he won two NBA titles, was a four-time all-star selection and became the fifth most durable player in NBA history (played 865 consecutive games). He established himself as one of the first ‘big man’ that could shoot outside, making over 200 three-point shots. He scored over 10,000 points and had over 10,000 rebounds. After retiring he went onto a distinguished coaching career which has lasted almost 20 years, primarily in the WNBA. He is currently the head coach for the WNBA Las Vegas Aces and took his team to the 2020 finals.
Greg Lee: The High School All-American guard was a rare two-time LA City Player of the Year at Reseda HS (only 3 in history) and led them to the City Finals as one of the top players in city history. He averaged 20, 29, and 30 points a game in his three seasons playing for his dad Lonnie Lee. A three-year UCLA starting point guard, he was started on two NCAA title teams (1972, 73) and the record 88 game winning streak and graduated with academic honors. He set a NCAA record for assists when the Bruins won the 1973 NCAA title as 2020 SCBBHOF member Bill Walton scored 44 points. He played a year of professional basketball in the NBA and a year in the ABA, plus four years in Germany. The 6-4 Lee retired from basketball and went onto a Hall of Fame professional beach volleyball career, including winning a record 13 tournaments in a row with partner Jim Menges (he won 29 in his career). He coached varsity basketball and taught advanced math at Clairemont HS in San Diego around playing on the beach.
Raymond Lewis: He is regarded as one of the greatest players in California history as he led Verbum Dei High School to CIF titles in 1969, 70 and 71 from the point guard position and had an 84-4 record. He was only the second person in history to ever be selected CIF Player of the Year two straight seasons. He went to Cal State Los Angeles and scored 73 points in a freshman game and averaged 39 points per game (with no 3 point shot) to lead the nation. Averaged 33 points per game as a sophomore, including 53 in a double overtime upset of #3 Long Beach State. He was the youngest first round draft pick in NBA history in 1973 when taken by the Philadelphia 76ers. He had a short NBA career, but is still a ‘street legend’ and averaged 54 points a game in the 1981 Summer Pro League featuring NBA players. The documentary, Raymond Lewis: LA Legend Film, appeared in early 2021 for viewing. He passed away in 2001 at age 48.
Tommy Lewis: One of the best players ever in Southern California as Lewis had a tremendous career at Mater Dei, averaging over 27 points per game in his three years (he played at Capo Valley as a frosh). This included 35 ppg as a senior and he won two CIF titles with a 85-6 record. He is second in all-time scoring, the leader in field goal shooting, and still has the two highest scoring games of 53 and 48 points playing for 2020 SCBBHOF member Gary McKnight. . He won the 1985 California Mr. Basketball award and was a HS All-American. He played college basketball at USC as a freshman where he led all freshmen nationally in scoring at 17.5 ppg. He then transferred to Pepperdine to finish college as a two-time All-Conference selection. He played professionally overseas, before returning home and went into high school and college coaching, while training NBA players. He is currently the girl’s basketball coach at Maranatha HS.
Kim Maddox (Deceased): She is considered as of the first great players in the Los Angeles City girl’s basketball as she led Los Angeles HS to the LA City title and was the 1976 City Player of the Year. She went to Long Beach State and was a college standout. She averaged in double figures each season from 1977-1981 as a four-year starter, four-year All-Conference selection and led the 49ers to two conference titles. She was a Wade Trophy Finalist for National Player of the Year as a senior. She was a 1977 AAU All-American for Sharman’s Shooters. Maddox was invited to the 1980 and 1984 USA Olympic Team trials. She was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989. She had a 25-year career as a Long Beach Police Detective. She passed away on September 13, 2016.
Terri Mann: The 6-2 Mann was the most dominating player in California since Cheryl Miller. She led Point Loma HS near San Diego to four straight California State Championship from 1984-87 and her teams had an amazing 122-1 record while taking CIF, State and Gatorade Player of the Year honors. She averaged almost 36 points a game as senior and finished second all-time to Miller in California state scoring (3188 points). She set San Diego section and state records for rebounds in a season and career (2256), plus steals in a season and career. She went to Western Kentucky where she was off to a great college career as the team’s leading scorer before a major knee injury slowed her play and then a second knee injury prevented her from coming back to college. She still played three years of professional basketball in Italy. Today Terri Jacobs is a youth coach in Atlanta with five children.
David Meyers: Born in San Diego, David led Sonora HS in La Habra to its best seasons in the early 1970s and was named CIF 2A Player of the Year as a senior when he averaged 22.7 ppg. He went to UCLA and finished as a Collegiate All-American as a senior when he captained the 1975 Bruin team to the NCAA title in John Wooden’s final game by scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also won a NCAA title as a sophomore in 1973. He was the number two overall pick in the 1975 NBA draft by the LA Lakers, but was traded to Milwaukee in the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar deal. After five strong seasons he retired to devote more time to his family and his Jehovah Witness faith. The 6-8 Meyers became in elementary school teacher in Lake Elsinore and also did numerous camps. He was inducted into both the UCLA Athletics and Pac-12 Halls of Fame. He passed away in 2015.
Reggie Miller: Reggie had to overcome hip deformities as a youth growing up to finish an outstanding All-CIF high school shooting career at Riverside Poly HS which led to a UCLA basketball scholarship. He became the first Pac-10 Post-Season Tournament MVP and an All-American as a senior after being the NIT MVP as a junior in leading the Bruins back to national prominence with the 1985 crown. He was the first-round NBA draft pick of the Indiana Pacers where he spent his entire 18-year pro career and retired as the all-time NBA three-point leader and led the league in free throw percentage five times. He was a five-time all-star and led Indiana once to the NBA finals. The 6-7 Miller won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 in Atlanta (joining Cheryl Miller as the first brother-sister basketball gold medal winners). He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Pac-10 Hall of Honor and UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. His number 31 jersey has been retired by both UCLA and Indiana. He currently is a NBA and NCAA playoff broadcaster for Turner Sports.
Harold Miner: Harold was a dunking machine and All-American at Inglewood High School where his exploits became nationally known. At Inglewood he averaged 27 points as a junior and 28 points as a senior being dubbed ‘Baby Jordan’ coming from for his incredible leading ability. He had a brilliant three-year career at USC where he averaged 23.5 ppg and 5 rebounds per game, scoring over 2000 points in becoming the all-time Trojan scoring leader. He was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and 1992 Pac-10 Player of the Year. He brought the Trojans to its highest national showing, including a number two NCAA overall seed in 1992 (he averaged a school record 26.3 ppg and was Pac-10 Player of the Year). The 6-5 lefty collegiate All-American was the 1992 ‘Sports Illustrated’ College Player of the Year. The first round draft pick of Miami had his NBA career shortened by a severe knee injury (he was a two-time NBA dunking champion before the injury) to five seasons. He was selected for the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the USC Athletics Hall of Fame and his #23 jersey was retired by the Trojans in 2012.
Anita Ortega: Anita averaged 26 points per game as a senior and was the 1975 California State Player of the Year. The multi-time All-City player at Los Angeles HS, helped lead her team to the City Title. She went to UCLA and was an All-American and leading scorer with 23 points in the 1978 AIAW Title game when the Bruins won and led them to the Final Four the following season earning post-season honors. She was an AAU All-American in 1977 for Sharman’s Shooters. She played professionally in the USA in the WBL and was a 1982 All-Star and also played overseas and internationally for Puerto Rico in the 1979 Pan-American Games. She was an assistant coach for the Bruins before becoming a NCAA Division I college referee for 30 years. She was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2013 she was part of the charter class of the Los Angeles City Athletics Hall of Fame.
Tayshaun Prince: He was a Parade HS All-American at Dominguez and the 1998 California Mr. Basketball in a brilliant prep career. He went onto play at Kentucky where he was a two-time collegiate All-American and the 2001 SEC Player of the Year. He was a first-round draft pick, #23 overall, of the Detroit Pistons in the 2002 draft and was a part of the 2004 NBA championship team. He played on the 2007 USA National Team that qualified for the Olympics and then was a part of the 2008 Beijing gold medal winning team. He had a 14-year NBA career, primarily with the Pistons. He is currently the VP for the Memphis Grizzles.
Byron Scott: He was an All-CIF standout at Morningside High School and McDonald’s All-American in 1979. He became the 1980 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year at Arizona State University on the way to earning an All-Conference honors and averaged 17.5 ppg for his career. He was the number 4 overall NBA pick of the San Diego Clippers in 1983. He was then traded to the LA Lakers for Norm Nixon. He made the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1984 and was a key contributor on LA Laker NBA title teams in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He played in LA through 1993 and finished his career there in 1996. He began a long NBA coaching career in 1998, which included being the LA Lakers head coach from 2014-16. He was NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 for New Orleans and twice the all-star coach for New Orleans and Cleveland. His ASU jersey was retired in 2011 after previously being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.
Linda K. Sharp: Linda was raised in Cypress and attended John F. Kennedy HS where she was the starting point guard in the later 1960s. She then went to Fullerton College before transferring to Cal State Fullerton to play for coach Billie Moore. She helped the Titans to a national third place finish in the 1972 AIAW Championships. She began coaching at Mater Dei and was selected after three seasons to move to USC as an assistant coach and then was promoted to head coach in 1977. The Trojans took off with her leadership. In 12 seasons she had a 271-99 overall record and won the school’s only two NCAA Championships in 1983 and 84 and was runner-up in 1986. She won the WCAA, Wade and Sporting News Coach of the Year honors. She was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year three times. She was the first head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks and later assisted Cheryl Miller with Phoenix. She went back to college coaching in Texas before retiring with over 500 wins over her coaching career. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Jerry Tarkanian: Jerrry played basketball at Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College at the start of the 1950s. He then transferred and played college basketball at Fresno State and then earned a Master’s degree at the University of Redlands before getting into coaching. He coached at both Antelope Valley and Redlands for high school and then went to Riverside and Pasadena Junior Colleges in the middle 1960s where he won four straight California JC State Titles (3 at Riverside). He put Long Beach State on the map when he took over in 1968, reaching four straight NCAA Tournaments and almost knocking off UCLA and John Wooden twice. He then spent the next 21 years as the head coach at UNLV, winning the NCAA title in 1990, losing in the semi-finals in 1991 with an unbeaten team, plus going to four Final Fours. After leaving college to coach in the NBA, he came back and finished his college career at Fresno State from 1995-2002. He won over 700 games in his career and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Reggie Theus: Reggie was a High School All-American at Inglewood where he averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds a game his senior year. The 6-7 Theus then went to UNLV to play for Jerry Tarkanian for three seasons, helping the Running Rebels advance to their first final four in school history in 1986. That team set NCAA records for most points and most 100 point games in a season. As a junior, Theus averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game in an All-American season. He had a 13-year NBA career starting as the first-round draft pick of Chicago, before turning to coaching. He made the All-Rookie team and the all-star team and was one of the assist leaders. He coached in the NBA as head coach of Sacramento and was college head coach at both New Mexico State and Cal State Northridge. He was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame and is only one of eight players with his jersey retired. His jersey was also retired at Inglewood.
Tina Thompson: Born in Los Angeles, Tina was a High School All-American at Morningside in Inglewood where she scored over 1,500 points and had over 1,000 rebounds. She then went onto an All-American college career at USC where she scored over 2,000 points in averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game during her Trojan days. She was the first overall pick in initial WNBA draft in being selected by Houston and had a 17-year professional career with four straight WNBA titles and numerous playoff appearances. She was a key part of the USA Olympic Gold Medal winning teams at both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games. She was inducted into the Naismith and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame in 2018. She had her number 14 USC jersey retired in 2019. She is currently the head coach at the University of Virginia.
Willie West, Jr: Willie West is the winningest coach in LA City modern history and has coached over 50 college scholarship players while serving as the head coach at Crenshaw High School. The former Cal State Los Angeles basketball player and member of the school’s Hall of Fame, won a record eight state titles, 16 Los Angeles City Section titles and 28 league titles at Crenshaw where he began coaching in 1968. He had 803 career wins (1971-2007). He came to Southern California from Texas and started at Los Angeles City College. He was LA City Coach of the Year 10 times and state coach of the year twice at Crenshaw. He was twice selected to coach the USA High School Basketball Team in Colorado Springs. He won the LA City title in his first year as head coach in 1971. He finished in the top five in California lifetime coaching wins with over 1,000.
Sidney Wicks: He had a dominating Los Angeles City career at Hamilton HS playing in the LA City finals as a senior, making All-City for all three years and averaging 33 points a game as a senior. He went one year to Santa Monica College then transferred to UCLA and was a key starter on three NCAA titles teams, College Player of the Year and remembered for the 1970 final win over Artis Gilmore when he was NCAA MVP. He was the leading scorer on the 1970 and 1971 Bruin championship teams and also made Academic All-American. He was the second overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft of the Portland Trailblazers and the NBA Rookie of the Year. He played 12 seasons and was a four-time NBA All-Star. He was inducted in 1985 into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2010 to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
John Williams: John was impossible to defend as a high school basketball at Crenshaw and won the California State Mr. Basketball honor in both 1983 and 1984. He led Crenshaw to the LA City Title, was LA City Player of the Year, a Parade All-American and Mr. USA Basketball. He went to LSU for two seasons and finished as a collegiate All-American. He then was a first round NBA selection by Washington. He had an eight-year NBA career and finished playing overseas in Spain. One of Crenshaw’s greatest players, Williams was an All-City choice in 1983 and 1984. In 1984 he averaged 26.1 points per game under the great Willie West. He selected Louisiana State where he played two seasons (1985-86) before entering the NBA draft following his sophomore year. He was the number one pick of Washington. A great passer for a big man, Williams made the All-NBA Rookie Team in 1987. He later played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers, but injuries ended his NBA career in 1995 and he continued overseas for several more seasons. He was inducted into the LA City Athletics HOF in 2015.
Mark Wulfemeyer: Mark was an Orange County high school legend at Troy High School. The 14-year old freshman scored 27 points in his first game (no 3-point shots in 1971). That started a record-setting career in which he would average 27.5 points per game and eclipse the all-time state scoring record by almost 500 points. As a senior, Wulfemeyer averaged an all-time county best 36.5 points and made 53% of his shots. He scored 2,608 points in his career, and was named the CIF’s 1974 4-A player of the year. John Wooden took him to dinner for UCLA. The Angels offered him $42,500 to sign a contract for his pitching right arm. After starting briefly at USC for Bob Boyd, Wulfemeyer accepts the Angels offer, but didn’t make it to the big leagues after six seasons. He then returned and played again for another season with USC before going back to try for the major leagues again as a pitcher. The 6-1 guard was inducted into the Orange County Hall of Fame in 1996.
George Yardley: Born in Hollywood, Yardley was an All-CIF player at Newport Harbor HS before becoming a two-time All-American at Stanford in 1949 and 1950 and also an AAU All-American. He was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by George Mikan. Yardley was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and part of the first College Basketball HOF class in 2008. Yardley was a dominating NBA player in his 7-year career, making the NBA All-Star team every year except for his rookie season. He led the Fort Wayne Pistons to two NBA Finals before the team moved to Detroit in 1957. Yardley led the league in scoring, averaging 27.8 points per game in his first year in Detroit, and tallied 2001 points, just enough to make him the first NBA player to score 2000 points in a season. That year, Yardley also set NBA records for most free throws attempted (808) and most free throws made (655), and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the only time in his career. Following a sixth All-Star season in 1959–1960, in which he averaged 20.2 points per game. The 6-5 Yardley retired from basketball at the age of 31. He was the first player in NBA history to retire after averaging at least 20 PPG in his final year. Later he came out of retirement to play one-year for Bill Sharman, who was coaching the Los Angeles Jets of the American Basketball League. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 75.
2021 SCBBHOF LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD:
Eric Sondheimer: He has been a fixture on the Southern California prep basketball scene for almost 50 years and is currently in charge of all high school coverage for the “Los Angeles Times” sports department. He has worked there the past 25 years after previously working locally for the “LA Daily News” and as the West Coast correspondent for the “National Sports Daily” earlier in his career. He has been honored seven times by the California Prep Sportswriters Association for his work. He has appeared for years on a weekly televised prep show with Randy Rosenbloom and now has a weekly newsletter on high school sports that is read around the country. The Cal State Northridge graduate, who is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, yearly covers the California State Basketball Tournament and has seen in person virtually every SCBBHOF male and female player and coaching selection from 2020 and 2021 over his years in basketball.