March 15, 2011
<PHOTO GALLERY - NAIA Hall of Fame Ceremony/Tip-Off Banquet>
<PHOTO GALLERY - NAIA Hall of Fame / Media Luncheon>
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) inducted Travis Grant, Bill Odell, Scottie Pippen and Terry Porter into the NAIA Hall of Fame during the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tip-off banquet. Over 900 people attended Tuesday’s event inside the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The honor is the highest bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine leadership ability and must be held in high esteem by colleagues, coaches and athletes.
“The NAIA Hall of Fame recognizes the remarkable contributions of student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators,” said
The Hall of Fame consists of a division for each sport currently or formerly sponsored by the association and a division for general meritorious service to the NAIA. The NAIA Hall of Fame is divided into three categories: athlete, coach and meritorious service.
Tonight’s event starts a weeklong frenzy of wall-to-wall basketball in what’s coined College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament. Grant, Odell and Porter will be at Municipal Auditorium on Monday, March 16, when the first of 31 games of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tips at 9 a.m. CT. The national championship event will run through Tuesday, March 22. To learn more visit www.NAIAhoops.com.
NAIA Hall of Fame Inductees for Division I Men’s Basketball include:
TERRY PORTER: Terry Porter played four years of men’s basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1981-1985) in which he was a four-time letter winner. Porter appeared in three NAIA national championship tournaments, was named NAIA First-Team All-American twice and in 1984 was named the Chuck Taylor MVP and NAIA Player of the Year honoree. Porter played in the NBA (Portland Trailblazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs) for 17 years. In those years he was selected to play in the All-Star game twice and played in a total of 124 NBA play-off games. From player to coach, Porter helped guide the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons, and was head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. He is a member of the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2008 the Portland Trailblazers retired his jersey.
TRAVIS GRANT: Travis Grant played for Kentucky State form 1968-1972 and led the team to three consecutive NAIA National Championships (1970-1972). Grant finished his career as one of the most accomplished collegiate basketball players, at any level, of all-time. Grant walked out of Kentucky Sate as a three time National Champion, two-time tournament MVP, and the all-time leading scorer in the history of college basketball. At the end of his senior year, Grant received the Lapchick Award as the Sporting News College Player of the Year. He is a member of the Kentucky State, the State of Kentucky and the College Basketball Halls of Fame. Grant was a first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972 and played professionally in the NBA and ABA from 1972-1976.
BILL ODELL: In 1991, Bill Odell transformed the Azusa Pacific University men’s basketball program into a consistent NAIA national power. As a coach, Odell fashioned a 454-112 record in 16 seasons while leading Azusa Pacific to 14 NAIA tournament appearances and a record 13 Golden State Athletic Conference championships including an unprecedented 9 straight conference titles from 1993 to 2001. In 2005, he put the Cougars in their first-ever NAIA national championship game, and for that effort was named NAIA Coach of the Year. Bill retired from coaching in the spring of 2007, walking away from a legacy as college basketball’s winningest men’s coach from 1991-2007.
SCOTTIE PIPPEN (Please note Scottie Pippen will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame but not in Kansas City for the event): Scottie Pippen was a two-time NAIA All-American at the University of Central Arkansas and a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls. He was part of the Dream Team that dominated the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and also played on the Dream Team II in 1996 in Atlanta. Pippen, a walk on manager from Hamburg, was “discovered” by former UCA head coach Don Dyer and turned into a two-time All-American and dominant player in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. Two stunning pre-draft camp performances made him the No. 5 player chosen in the 1987 NBA Draft. He was picked by the Seattle Supersonics, who immediately traded him to the Bulls. Teaming with legendary Michael Jordan, Pippen helped the Bulls win six national championships. Pippen is also a member of the Naismith Basketball and the University of Central Arkansas Halls of Fame.
2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship
The 74th Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship showcases small schools and a big show. Come be a part of College Basketball’s Toughest Tournament featuring a field of 32 teams, 31 games and non-stop action. Over 600 student-athletes and coaches travel to Kansas City for the six day event and pure college basketball. The tournament is possible with the generous support of sponsors including Buffalo Funds, DST Systems, U.S. Bank, Pepsi, Price Chopper and Community America.