Former Terps center Tom McMillen to be inducted into college hoops Hall of Fame

April 02, 2013|Baltimore Sun staff

Former Terps center Tom McMillen will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2013, the Maryland athletic department announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-11 McMillen averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds during his four-year Maryland career (1970-74). A two-time All-ACC first-team selection, McMillen was MVP of the Terps’ 1972 NIT championship game win over Niagara.

“We’re thrilled for Tom to receive this much deserved honor,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said in a news release. “Tom set the standard for what it meant to be great at Maryland and we’re so happy that he is being honored by the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon: “We talk a lot to our team about tradition and pride and what it means to play basketball at Maryland. Tom helped establish those high standards. Before we made it to New York for the NIT semifinals, I told our guys about some of the great players that have graced Madison Square Garden – Tom is one of those players. He helped lead Maryland to the 1972 NIT title and is one of the all-time greats.”

McMillen, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, was a member of the 1972 U.S. silver medal Olympic team. After his playing career was done, the former Terp served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-1993.

Other members of the 2013 Hall of Fame class are: Marques Johnson (UCLA), former coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Raveling (Nike) and George Killian (FIBA). The 1963 Loyola (Chicago) team will also be inducted.

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