Monday, April 4, 2016

Allen Iverson Selected to National Basketball Hall of Fame

Hall of Famer (and former HoyaAllen Iverson

From our friends at Georgetown Athletics...

Former Georgetown University Men’s Basketball All-American Allen Iverson was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday at a press conference in Texas, the site of the 2016 NCAA Final Four.

This is the third-straight year a former Hoya will be inducted into the Hall Fame, following in the footsteps of Alonzo Mourning (’92) and Dikembe Mutombo (C’91.)

Iverson is the fourth former Georgetown standout to play under legendary Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson Jr. to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Mourning, Mutombo and Patrick Ewing (C’84.)

In addition to Iverson, the 2016 Naismith Hall of Fame class includes Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, as well as former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo. The group will be enshrined during a ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on September 9.

Iverson ranks 13th all-time in scoring at Georgetown with 1,539 points, a 23.0 per game average that is the best mark in school history. His 925 points during the 1995-96 season were the most by a Hoya in a single season. In addition, he ranks 14th all-time in assists with 307, is fourth all-time in steals with 213 and his 124 steals during the 1995-96 season are the most by a player in one year.

Iverson retired from the National Basketball Association in 2013, ending a career that spanned 15-years, during which he won the 2001 MVP award and four scoring titles. He retired in Philadelphia, where he had his greatest successes and led the franchise to the 2001 NBA Finals.

Iverson, who also played for Denver, Detroit and Memphis, scored 24,368 points in his career and was an 11-time All-Star selection.