Former Cholla High School and Arizona basketball standout Sean Elliott, the best hoops player to come out of Tucson with the grandest overall Wildcat career, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 in Kansas City.
The Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. It is separate from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, which includes all ranks of basketball players, coaches, officials and media. The NABC honors players, coaches and teams worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.
Elliott joins Arizona basketball coaching legend Lute Olson in the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Olson was inducted into that hall of fame in 2006. He is also a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer.
Joining Elliott in the Class of 2018 Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame: Houston’s Otis Birdsong, Arkansas’ Sidney Moncrief, North Carolina’s Sam Perkins, Morgan State’s Marvin Webster, USC’s Paul Westphal, former College of Charleston coach John Kresse (whose team lost to national champion Arizona in the second round of the 1997 NCAA tournament), former Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles.
Elliott, who turned 50 on Feb. 2, helped lead Arizona to its first Final Four appearance in 1988. He scored an Arizona-record 2,555 points from 1985-89.
Times change. The story about Sean Elliott's commitment to Arizona in Sept. 1984 was on Page 4 of Sports in the Arizona Daily Star. Something like that from a hometown kid might be on 1A these days. I did like this quote from the story: pic.twitter.com/uLpacxRe5B
His accolades included the 1986 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, the 1988 and 1989 Pac-10 Player of the Year, consensus All-American in 1988 and 1989, and Wooden Award, NABC Player of the Year and AP Player of the Year honors in 1989.
Elliott was drafted third overall by the San Antonio Spurs in 1989, was a two-time NBA All-Star and helped lead the Spurs to the 1999 NBA title.
He has worked as the television color commentator for Spurs games since 2005.