Former Washington star George Irvine will be inducted in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor.
Irvine (near right) starred at Seattle’s Ballard High before joining the Huskies. He started three years at UW (1967-70) and tallied 1,314 points, which ranks 21st on the school’s all-time scoring list. He averaged 16.8 points during a 78-game career.
He tallied 15 points per game as a sophomore and led the Huskies in scoring as a junior (15.6) and senior (20.0).
Nicknamed ‘Hawkeye’ because of his deadly marksmanship, Irvine shot 55.8 percent from the field (499 of 894) during his career, which ranks fourth all time at UW.
He scored a career-high 41 points in a 90-86 victory over USC on Dec. 26, 1969, which is the fourth highest scoring performance in Washington history. Only Bob Houbregs scored more points in a game.
As a senior, Irvine also had games of 35, 33 and 31 points. He was received first team All Pac-8 honors on a team that finished 17-9 and 7-7 in the conference under coach Tex Winters (far right). It was Irvine’s best record at UW.
In 1970, Irvine was drafted by the NBA Seattle Sonics and the ABA Virginia Squires. He signed with the Squires and played five years in Virginia. His teammates included: Julius “Dr J” Erving, George Gervin, Charlie Scott, Swen Nater, Doug Moe, Larry Brown and Roscoe Pondexter.
He was traded in 1975 to the Denver Nuggets and played two seasons before suffering a career-ending knee injury and retiring in 1977.
In 1980, Irvine began a 25-year career in the NBA working as an assistant coach, head coach and vice president of basketball. He started as an assistant coach in stints with the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, but would also get his shot as a head coach for Indiana and Detroit. Irvine also worked in the Pacers’ front office.
Irvine is one of 11 former players and one ex-coach selected to the Hall of Honor by the conference. The ceremony is March 10 in Los Angeles before the Pac-12 Tournament championship game.
The others include: Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Kurt Nimphius (Arizona State), Lamond Murray (California), Burdette Haldorson (Colorado), Jim Barnett (Oregon), A.C. Green (Oregon State), George Selleck (Stanford), Ed O’Bannon (UCLA), Sam Barry (USC), Arnie Ferrin (Utah) and Steve Puidokas (Washington State).
Previous Washington Hall of Honor Inductees include: Houbregs (2002), Marv Harshman (2003), James Edwards (2004), Jack Nichols (2005), Steve Hawes (2006), Christian Welp (2007), Louis Nelson (2008), Detlef Schrempf (2009), Eldridge Recasner (2010) and Todd MacCulloch (2011).
Photo credit: University of Washington
February 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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