SCBBHOF Biographies for 21 Honorees for August 23

JARRON COLLINS

Jarron was a standout player with his twin brother Jason at Harvard-Westlake where the 6-10 twins led their high school to two California State Titles and a school best 123-10 overall record. He then became a two-time All-American at Stanford for Coach Mike Montgomery as the Cardinal became one of the top teams in the country, including a trip to the Final Four in 1998. He is among the Cardinal all-time leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He played for 10 years in the NBA after being drafted in the first round by the Utah Jazz. He is currently an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, including playing an important role in their NBA title teams. He is a candidate to be a NBA head coach in the future.

JASON COLLINS

Jason was a HS All-American at Harvard-Westlake where with his 6-10 twin brother Jarron (Jason is eight minutes older), the team won two California State titles. He broke the California State HS rebounding record. As a collegiate All-American, he was instrumental in leading the revival of Stanford basketball nationally. Jason finished as the Stanford all-time field goal percentage leader in helping the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament and Final Four. He then had a 13-year NBA career after starting as the first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets. Collins had the courage to publicly become the first openly gay athlete in a major USA professional sport. In April, 2014, Collins appeared on the ‘Time Magazine’ cover as part of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. He was inducted as part of the first class into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

CYNTHIA COOPER-DYKE

Cynthia was one of the greatest players in USC history after a tremendous high school career at Los Angeles Locke where she led her team to the California State Title. She won City Player of the Year after averaging 31 points per game. She made four NCAA appearances with USC, winning national titles in 1983 and 1984 and losing in the finals in 1986. The Trojans were 114-15 in her four years and she finished among the all-time leaders in numerous statistics. The 5-10 Cooper led Houston of the WNBA to four straight championships, winning MVP at each of the finals. She was the WNBA scoring leader in her first three seasons. She won a Gold Medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and a Bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She went onto an outstanding college coaching career, leading USC to its first Pac-12 post-season title. She is currently women’s coach at Texas Southern University. She was inducted into both the Naismith, and the Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame.

JIM HARRICK

Jim began his coaching career in 1964 at Morningside HS in Inglewood and was the head coach there from 1970-73 for CIF dominating teams. He then went into college coaching where he has been for almost 50 years. He was a UCLA assistant coach from 1977-79 before becoming the head coach at Pepperdine for the next 10 years. He then returned as the UCLA head coach in 1988 and went to the NCAA Tournament every year. He is best remembered for being head coach for the 1995 Bruin NCAA title team, the only championship outside of the John Wooden era. He continued head coaching at Rhode Island and Georgia through 2003. After coaching professional basketball, Harrick came back to college game as a Cal State Northridge assistant in 2018. He is responsible for 10 conference titles, 5 league coach of the year honors and was the national coach of the year in 1995 during the Bruin title run. He had a 470-235 college career coaching record and has produced numerous All-Americans and over 40 professional players.

CASEY JACOBSEN

The 6-6 Jacobsen was a High School and McDonald’s All-American at Glendora High School for Mike LeDuc. There he broke numerous CIF and State scoring records. He was the 1999 California Mr. Basketball before moving onto an outstanding All-American college career at Stanford University. In his three-year college career he was All-Pac-10 each season and finished among the all-time Cardinal leaders in scoring and three point shooting. He went on to be a first round NBA draft pick of the Phoenix Suns. After a few seasons in the NBA, Jacobsen moved onto a European professional career and won five titles in Germany, including twice being finals MVP and had his number 23 jersey retired. Today he is a basketball commentator for the Pac-12 Network, Fox Sports and has worked for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA.

MARQUES JOHNSON

Marques was part of Willie West’s greatest teams at Crenshaw High School where he was the 1973 Los Angeles City Player of the Year and HS All-American. He was also the 1973 California Mr. Basketball. He went onto a UCLA All-American college career where he was a starter on the 1975 NCAA championship team and was the College Basketball Player of the Year the following season. He was a first-round draft pick of Milwaukee (#3 overall) and also played for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 12-year professional career that included 5 NBA all-star games. He was inducted in the Milwaukee Bucks HOF and is part of the UCLA, California Sports and College Basketball HOF’s. He is part of the first father-son team (Kris in 1995) to win NCAA Division I basketball titles. After professional retirement, the 6-7 Johnson went into college and professional sports broadcasting. He is currently doing the Milwaukee Bucks television games.

LISA LESLIE

Lisa was a 6-5 dominating high school player at Morningside in Inglewood where she led her team to two California State titles. She once scored 101 points in a half, but the prep game was called at halftime or she would have broken the all-time record of 105. She went to USC and was the College Player of the Year in 1994, setting Pac-10 scoring and rebounding records. She went professionally to the Los Angeles Sparks and became the first WNBA player to ever win the regular season MVP, the all-star game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. She led the Sparks to back to back WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002. She won a record 4 Olympic Gold Medals for the USA at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She was WNBA MVP in 2004 and 2006 before retiring. She went into broadcasting after retiring and more recently has coached in the Big3 League where her 2019 team won the title and she was Big3 Coach of the Year.. She was the first woman to ever make a slam dunk in an official WNBA game. She was inducted in both the Naismith and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame in 2015. Her #33 jersey has been retired by USC and hangs proudly in the Galen Center.

DON MACLEAN

Don was a HS All-American at Simi Valley and the first big recruit of the Jim Harrick UCLA era. He averaged 31.5 ppg and 12 rebounds while scoring a record over 1,000 points his senior HS season. He went on to become the all-time leading UCLA and Pac-10 conference scorer while sparking UCLA as far as the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-10 MacLean was a collegiate All-American, 3-time Pac-10 selection and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He was a first round NBA draft pick of the Detroit Pistons (traded to Washington on draft day) and had a 10-year NBA career before retiring, including winning the NBA Most Improve Player award. He now works as a lead color commentator for the Pac-12 TV Network and does LA Clippers games for Fox Sports West and is a radio contributor on 570 am. He is also the director of the Conejo Valley Basketball Club. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor.

GARY MCKNIGHT

Gary is regarded as perhaps the greatest high school coach in Orange County history and one of the best all-time nationally through his incredible basketball record at Mater Dei in Santa Ana. McKnight is the winningest coach in California basketball history and still going strong. He has a 1136-110 record, 91% winning percentage going into the 2019-20 season with 23 CIF titles, 11 California State titles and has won 29 straight league crowns. He won his first CIF title in his first year at Mater Dei in 1983 has won titles in 4 decades over his 37 years. He has been the national coach of the year, the state coach of the year and is among the top five all-time in high school victories. He has produced 10 NBA players, over 75 NCAA Division I players and over 100 players have gone onto college basketball careers. He has also produced numerous coaches on every level. He attended San Clemente HS as a football and baseball player. He then went to Cal State Fullerton before starting HS coaching. He has been nominated for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE

Ann competed in seven sports as a high school athlete at Sonora High School in La Habra and became the first female to ever receive a UCLA full athletic scholarship. The 5-9 HS basketball All-American had an 80-5 prep record. While in high school she was the youngest player as part of the USA National Team leading to her winning a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She put women’s college sports on the map in Los Angeles when she led the Bruins to the 1978 AIAW Championship in Pauley Pavilion before a record crowd. She finished her college career as the first four-time Kodak All-American. She won the Broderick Award as the nation’s top all-around female athlete. She became the first female to ever try-out for the NBA. She stayed involved in the sport through broadcasting the Olympic Games for NBC Sports and announcing local college and professional men’s and women’s games. She has been an executive with Phoenix for both the NBA and WNBA and part of their TV crews. She has been inducted into the Naismith, International, Women’s Sports, UCLA and Orange County Athletic Halls of Fame, plus part of the 1999 original Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

CHERYL MILLER

Cheryl had an amazing high school career at Riverside Poly and on January 26, 1982 she set a national record by scoring 105 points. The two-time Street & Smith National HS Player of the Year and the first four-time Parade Magazine All-American (male or female) averaged 33 points and 15 rebounds per game. She was the first to score over 3,000 points in NCAA play in her exceptional USC Trojan career. She finished with a 114-15 record, plus NCAA titles in 1983 and 84 and a runner-up finish in 1986. The 6-2 Miller won the Honda Award as the nation’s top female athlete and also won three Naismith Player of the Year honors. She led the USA to its first Olympic Basketball Gold Medal in Los Angeles in 1984. She was the successful head coach at her alma mater USC (44-14) before jumping to Phoenix of the WNBA where she led the Mercury to the playoffs in her three seasons. She worked for TNT on NBA television broadcasts and then returned to coaching. She was recently the women’s head coach at Cal State Los Angeles through 2019. She was in the original 1999 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame after being in the Naismith Basketball HOF in 1995 (she is part of the first sister-brother HOF honor with brother Reggie going in for 2012). She is also in the California Sports HOF.

TRACY MURRAY

Tracy was the best three-year high school scorer in California history while playing at Glendora. He scored over 3,000 points in his career and averaging 44.2 points per game his senior season when Glendora won CIF title and lost in the state finals in 1989. Murray was the 1989 California Mr.Basketball. The McDonald’s All-American had an outstanding three-year college career at UCLA, finishing his junior year in the NCAA Elite 8 and as one of the Bruins all-time scorers. He was twice All-Pac-10. The 6-7 Murray was a first round NBA draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs. He had a 15-year professional career in the NBA and overseas. He led the NBA in 3-point shooting one season and had 50-point scoring game. He has worked as a NBA shooting coach, including with the Los Angeles Lakers along with coaching pro teams for nine years. He is currently the UCLA basketball radio color commentator and also works locally on NBA post-game broadcasts for KABC Channel 7.

PETE NEWELL (Deceased 2008):

Pete graduated from St. Agnes High School in Los Angeles in 1933 and went on to attend what is now known as Loyola Marymount University. There he played basketball for three seasons. His main fame came later in coaching and is regarded as one of the greatest of all-time. He coached at the University of San Francisco (won the 1949 NIT), Michigan State and California where he led the Bears to the 1959 NCAA Title. He then coached the 1960 USA Olympic Team to the Gold Medal in Rome. He was the first coach in history to win the ‘Triple Crown’ of the NCAA and NIT titles, plus the Olympic Gold Medal. He retired from coaching in 1960 and became the California=Berkeley Athletic Director for eight years. He later became General Manager for the LA Lakers and helped engineer the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar trade that helped the team to many NCAA titles. He was inducted into the Naismith HOF in 1979 and again later when the 1960 Olympic Team was inducted in 2010. He passed away November 17, 2008.

ED O’BANNON

Ed was considered as one of the best CIF players of all-time playing at Artesia High School where he led his team to the CIF and state titles his senior year. He averaged 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 6-8 O’Bannon was a McDonald’s HS All-American, the ‘Basketball Times’ HS Player of the Year and won the 1990 California Mr. Basketball award. After missing his freshman year at UCLA due to ACL knee surgery, O’Bannon came back to lead UCLA to the 1995 NCAA title win with 30 points and 17 rebounds in the championship game against Arkansas. He was named Tournament MVP. He won the Wooden Award and the USBWA College Player of the Year honors. He was the first round NBA draft pick of the New Jersey Nets and then finished his pro career overseas. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and Pac-12 Hall of Honor. UCLA retired his number 31 jersey. He is coaching high school basketball in Las Vegas.

MILES SIMON

Miles came to Southern California from Stockholm, Sweden and became a HS All-American at Mater Dei. He played for Gary McKnight, where he won four CIF titles, a rarity in CIF history. Miles then went to Arizona where he led Wildcats in an All-American career to their only NCAA title in 1997 when the Wildcats upset three #1 seeded teams. He was named NCAA Tournament MVP when he averaged 22 ppg in the six tournament games. The 6-5 guard had a limited NBA career, but while playing in the CBA, he was named MVP and Playoff MVP and set a league record by making 60 straight free throws. He also played professionally in Europe for 6 years. Simon then turned to coaching and was an assistant for Lute Olson for three years at U of A, including going to the NCAA Elite 8 one year. He also worked for many years doing television broadcasting before going to the LA Lakers in 2017, where he is currently an assistant coach.

KIKI VANDEWEGHE

Kik was an All-City selection at Palisades High School and helped his school compete all three years for the LA City Title. He then became the leader of UCLA’s 1980 NCAA finalist team, earning All-American honors. He scored 24 points in the NCAA semi-final win over Purdue. He was also a two-time Academic All-American and Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He was the first round draft pick of Dallas (traded to Denver in his first season) and averaged at least 20 points per game for 7 straight seasons. He made the NBA playoffs in 12 of his 13 professional seasons. VanDeWeghe continued his basketball career as the General Manager in both Denver and New Jersey and at one time he was the head coach for the Nets. Since 2013 he has been the Executive Vice-President of Operations for the NBA after previously working two years as the LA Clippers television analyst. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the LA City Athletic HOF in 2013.

BILL WALTON

Bill won two straight CIF titles at Helix HS in the San Diego area and was unbeaten in his final 49 prep games. He was the first high school player to ever be part of the USA Senior National Team. He was the California Mr.Basketball in 1970. He went to UCLA and led the Bruins to NCAA titles in 1972 and 1973 in helping the school winning streak reach a record 88 straight games. He was a three-time College Player of the Year (72, 73, 74) and three-time All-American. He set a NCAA record with 44 points in the title game in 1973 against Memphis. He was also an Academic All-American. He was the first overall NBA draft pick by Portland and won his first of two NBA titles there (the other in Boston) in a 15-year professional career. His pro career saw him win the MVP award and be part of the NBA all-star games. He went into the Naismith HOF in 1993 and was part of the first College Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006. He is in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. He is currently a college basketball commentator for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network.

PAUL WESTPHAL

Paul is perhaps the greatest all-around player in USC history after having a brilliant prep career at Aviation HS in the South Bay. He was a rare local player to turn down John Wooden in the 1960s. He was the California Mr. Basketball in 1968. USC went 24-2 his junior year and he was team captain as a senior in averaging 20 points per game. He was two-time All-Pac-8 and a college All-American. He was the first round NBA draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1972 and part of their 1974 NBA Championship team. He had a 12-year professional career where he was a NBA all-star six times. After retiring he went into college and professional coaching with a successful college stint at Pepperdine and professional years in Phoenix and Seattle. He also did television broadcasting. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 after previously being inducted into the College Basketball and USC Athletic Halls of Fame.

JAMAAL WILKES

Jamaal was the CIF-4A Player of the Year at Santa Barbara HS after transferring from Ventura HS for his senior year and led the Dons to the CIF semi-finals. He is perhaps the greatest player to ever come out of the Santa Barbara County area. At Ventura HS, he was the 1969 California Mr. Basketball. He went to UCLA and became a three-year starting forward and a two-time All-American as part of NCAA title teams in 1972 and 73 (he was leading scorer in the 19722 title game against Florida State). The Bruins lost in the NCAA semi-finals his senior year of 1974. He was the first round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year as his team won a NBA title in his first season and then he won three more NBA titles when he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. He left the game after a 12-year pro career with numerous honors, including his #52 jersey being retired. The 6-7 Wilkes was inducted into the Naismith HOF in 2012 and then in 2016 into the College Basketball Hall of Fame after previously being inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.

LEON WOOD

Leon was a 6-3 high school All-American point guard at St.Monica Catholic in Santa Monica where he averaged 42 points a game his senior year. He started college at the University of Arizona before transferring and becoming the first Division I All-American at Cal State Fullerton. He led the nation in assists his junior year. He was taken by Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft and had a six-year professional career. He won a gold medal with the 1984 USA Olympic Team in Los Angeles after previously winning a gold medal in the 1983 Pan-American Games. After retiring as a player, he became a NBA Referee in 1996 and has been an official for almost 25 years. He was inducted into both the Orange County and Cal State Fullerton Athletic Halls of Fame.

SCBBHOF LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD

FRANK BURLISON

Frank was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2005, and has been covering local basketball since the 1970s. Burlison was the long-time basketball prep writer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper and also worked for the Orange County Register. He left about ten years ago to start his own current basketball recruiting service and write prep articles for BurlisonOnBasketball.com. In 1978, he was appointed as an original member of the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Selection Committee. The year previous, he established the “Best in the West” section for the Press-Telegram – the rankings and profiles of the top prospects in the region’s senior class. He became a July summer fixture at the Las Vegas High School and then club tournaments each year starting in the late 1970s and has been doing so now for over 40 years. He has been attending the NCAA Final Fours for over 30 years and is respected as being an expert on all levels of basketball. In 1992, ‘Sports Illustrated’ listed him as one of the country’s “10 most influential members of the media” in college basketball.