University of Houston men’s basketball reveals all-time starting 5

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 19: Former Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon (L) and Cylde Drexler greet each other on the court as the team honors the 20th anniversary of back-to-back NBA Championships at halftime of their game against the Denver Nuggets at the Toyota Center on March 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) (Scott Halleran, 2015 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – The University of Houston revealed on Saturday its all-time starting lineup for its men’s basketball program, as voted on by their fans.

This was to help commemorate the 75th year of UH Athletics. The all-time starting lineup was revealed at halftime of Houston’s 76-66 win over Wichita State.

POINT GUARD: Rob Williams

• First Cougar to be named NCAA Tournament Regional Most Outstanding Player (1982)

• 1982 All-America Second-Team selection

• 1981 All-America Honorable Mention

• 1981 USBWA District Player of the Year

• Three-time All-Southwest Conference First-Team honoree (1982, 1981, 1980)

• 1981 Southwest Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player

• Two-time Southwest Conference All-Tournament Team member (1982, 1981)

• Ranked among Houston’s Top-10 career leaders in both scoring and assists

• Selected with the No. 19 pick of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets

SHOOTING GUARD: Otis Birdsong

• 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 2000 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee

• Four-year letterman from 1973 to 1977

• 1977 Consensus All-American

• 1977 Southwest Conference Player of the Year

• Southwest Conference Player of the Decade for the 1970s

• Remains the second-leading scorer in program history more than 40 years after his final collegiate game

• No. 2 player taken in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings

• #10 jersey retired on Jan. 18, 1997

WING: Clyde Drexler

• 2004 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 1998 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee

• Led Houston to two NCAA Final Fours and 1983 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game

• 1983 All-America First-Team selection after averaging 15.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior

• Three-year letterman from 1980 to 1983

• Member of the Southwest Conference All-Decade Team for the 1980s

• Remains the school career record-holder with 268 steals nearly 40 years after his final collegiate game

• Only player in school history with 1,000+ points, 900+ rebounds, 300+ assists and 250+ steals

• Selected with the No. 14 pick of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers

• #22 jersey retired on Feb. 12, 1997

POWER FORWARD: Elvin Hayes

• 1990 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 2013 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 1974 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee

• Led Houston to first two NCAA Final Four appearances in school history (1968-67)

• Continues to hold scoring and rebounding career, single-season and season game record more than 50 years after his final collegiate game

• 1968 National Player of the Year

• Three-time First-Team All-American (1968, 1967, 1966)

• Scored 39 points with 15 rebounds to lead No. 2 Houston to a 71-69 upset over No 1 UCLA inside the Houston Astrodome during the Game of the Century in front of nearly 53,000 fans (Jan. 20, 1968)

• First Cougar to be taken with No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets in 1968

• One of first two African-American basketball student-athletes in Houston history

• #44 jersey retired on Dec. 18, 1993

CENTER: Hakeem Olajuwon

• 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 1998 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee

• Led Houston to three NCAA Final Fours and two NCAA Tournament National Championship game appearances

• 1983 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player – Last student-athlete from a team which did not win the national championship to be so honored

• Only Cougar to be named NCAA Tournament Regional Most Outstanding Player twice (1984, 1983)

• 1984 Consensus All-American

• 1984 Southwest Conference Player of the Year

• Third player in NCAA history to lead nation in two statistical categories in 1983-84 (67.7 FG%; 13.5 rpg)

• Second Cougar to be taken with No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets in 1984

• #34 jersey retired on Feb. 12, 1997

HEAD COACH: Guy V. Lewis

• 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 2007 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee

• 1998 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee as coach

• 1971 Houston Athletics Hall of Honor inductee as student-athlete

• Assembled a 592-279 career record from 1956 to 1986

• Led Cougars to four Southwest Conference Tournament championships and two Southwest Conference regular-season titles

• Produced 15 All-Americans with 26 1,000-Point scorers, two NBA Draft No. 1 overall picks, 11 NBA Draft First-Round selections, and 29 NBA Draft selections


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