In a move that could have – should have? – happened a couple of years ago, maybe more, former Arizona All-American basketball player Bob Elliott has been named as UA’s representative in the 2017 class for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor.
“I am very grateful for this recognition,” Elliott told AllsportsTucson.com in an email on Thursday.
“I want to thank Greg Byrne and the athletic department as well as Sean Miller and the basketball program #aplayersprogram. As the first recipient from Arizona to not have played or coached in the Pac Conference, I am honored to be able to represent our family, the University and the Tucson community as I have tried to do for the last 40-plus years.
“Our priest at Saint Pius ended a recent mass with a very good thought … some people are so focused on the past that they are unable to embrace the present. Bear Down and Go Cats.”
He, along with the other 11 inductees, will be recognized on court during Friday night’s semifinal session at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during the annual Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
Elliott, who is No. 2 on the school’s all-time scoring list (2,125), played at UA from 1974 to 1977. He was a two-time All-American. He’s also in the top three in rebounds (1,083) and free throws (515 made). He’s still the only UA player to score more than 2,000 points and get 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Arizona was 86-29 during Elliott’s years, reaching the Elite Eight (for the first time in school history) in 1976.
Just as important to Elliott was his education at Arizona. He was a three-time Academic All-American and was the Western Athletic Conference’s scholar-athlete of the year his senior year.
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