Elvin Hayes, All-Star NBA Player and Member of Basketball Hall of FameM

Elvin Hayes is an All-Star NBA Center/Power Forward and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Possessing a notorious turnaround jump shot, Elvin Hayes thrived for sixteen NBA seasons. As a collegian, his most memorable moment came on January 20, 1968 when Hayes out-dueled Lew Alcindor and UCLA in front of a capacity crowd of 52,693 at the Houston Astrodome. In the first-ever, nationally televised college game in history, Hayes scored 39 points and had 15 rebounds for Houston, ending UCLA's 47-game win streak in what has been called "The Game of the Century”.

Hayes began his pro career in 1968 as the first overall pick in the draft by the San Diego Rockets.

His rookie campaign was scintillating: Hayes scored 28.4ppg, led the NBA in scoring, and was named to the All-Rookie Team. As a Baltimore/Washington Bullet, he teamed with Hall of Famer Wes Unseld to form a dominating frontcourt combination that led the Bullets to three NBA Finals and an NBA title over Seattle in 1978. As a three-time All-America, Hayes led Houston to an 81-12 record and two Final Four appearances.

  • One of Houston’s first two African-American basketball players at the University of Houston
  • Holds University of Houston’s scoring and rebounding record for a single game, single season, and career
  • Is the only three-time All-American and two-time Consensus
  • All-American in any team sport at Houston
  • Named the 1968 National Player-of-the Year
  • Led Houston to an 81-12 record during his collegiate career
  • Won the AP, UPI and Sporting News Player of the Year awards
  • Twice led Houston to NCAA Final Four
  • Top overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets
  • Helped lead the Bullets to the 1978 NBA Championship
  • Ranked among the NBA’s all-time leaders in man statistical categories, including 8th in all-time scoring (27,313points) and 4th in rebounds (16,279)
  • Enshrined as a player in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 15, 1990
  • First UH student-athlete to have a jersey retired on December 18, 1993
  • Helped attract 52,693 fans, largest crowd in college basketball history to the Astrodome, January 20,1968, and led Cougars to 71-69 win over UCLA with 39 points
  • Named to the NBA’s All-Time Top 50 Greatest Players list in 1996-1997
  • 1977 University of Houston Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Played 16 years in the NBA
  • 12 Time NBA All-star
  • Successful automobile dealer for over 22 years with Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, and Pontiac dealerships
  • Awarded One of Black Enterprise Top 100 Auto Dealer Awards
  • Jersey Village Reserve Police Officer
  • Radio Analyst for the University of Houston Men’s Basketball Team

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