2021 So. Calif. Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Cover Over 70 Years of High School, College and Professional Playing and Coaching Accomplishments

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Olympic Gold Medalists, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame selections, College Basketball HOF members, Women’s Basketball HOF choices, and City/CIF Players and Coaches of the Year highlight the 33 finalists for 20 spots for the second induction class of the Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF). Headlining the nominees are Naismith HOF selections Gail Goodrich (1996, LA Poly HS & UCLA), George Yardley (1996, Newport Harbor HS & Stanford), Dennis Johnson (2010, Dominguez HS/Harbor College & Pepperdine), Reggie Miller (2012, Riverside Poly HS & UCLA) and Tina Thompson (2018, Morningside HS and USC).  Due to COVID-19, the 2021 and the 2020 classes we will honored together during the summer of 2022.

Additional top 2021 finalists that had top high school, college and NBA careers include Rick Adelman (St. Pius X & Loyola University), Gilbert Arenas (Grant HS & Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Fremont HS & Arizona State), Baron Davis (Crossroads HS & UCLA), Steve Kerr (Palisades HS & Arizona), Bill Laimbeer (Palos Verdes HS & Notre Dame), Raymond Lewis (Verbum Dei HS & Cal State LA), David Meyers (Sonora HS & UCLA), Harold Miner (Inglewood HS & USC), Tayshaun Prince (Dominguez HS & Kentucky), Byron Scott (Morningside HS & Arizona State), Reggie Theus (Inglewood HS & UNLV), and John Williams (Crenshaw HS & LSU).

Other high school standouts and college champions include Rich Branning (Marina HS & Notre Dame), Nicole Erickson (Brea-Olinda HS & Purdue/Duke), Doug Gottlieb (Tustin HS, Notre Dame/Oklahoma State), Greg Lee (Reseda HS & UCLA), Tommy Lewis (Mater Dei HS & USC/Pepperdine), Kim Maddox (Los Angeles HS & Cal State Long Beach), Terri Mann (Point Loma HS & Western Kentucky), Anita Ortega (Los Angeles HS & UCLA) and Mark Wulfemeyer (Troy HS & USC).  

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members include Nancy Dunkle (Connolly HS & Cal State Fullerton) and Linda K. Sharp (John F. Kennedy HS & Cal State Fullerton, Coach USC).  College Basketball HOF pick Sidney Wicks (Hamilton HS & UCLA) also made the final list.  Great local championship coaches Bill Armstrong (Compton & Palm Springs HS), Willie West, (LACC & Crenshaw HS), and Jerry Tarkanian (Riverside & Pasadena JCs, Long Beach State, and NCAA title at UNLV) are also finalists. 

“Los Angeles Times” prep sports columnist Eric Sondheimer, who has covered basketball for over 40 years, has been selected as the second Lifetime Service recipient of the SCBBHOF.  

2021 SCBBHOF FINALISTS:

LIFETIME: Eric Sondheimer, Prep Editor of the Los Angeles Times Sports

“This is another great group of Southern California basketball legends that started as tremendous high school players and coaches and went on from there to accomplish so much more whether in college and/or professional basketball and in life,” said Mike Gallups, Vice-President of the SCBBHOF.  “I know how tough it was for the SCBBHOF committee to select the first class and it will be just as tough to narrow this group to the final 20 for induction.”

2020 SO. CALIF. BASKETBALL HOF FIRST HONOREE LIST: 

LIFETIME: Frank Burlison, “Burlison on Basketball” Sportswriter

The 20 selected for the 2021 induction class will be announced in summer. For further information check the website or email socalbasketballhof@gmail.com