Chris Mullin Elected To Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

HOUSTON - Chris Mullin, a three-time BIG EAST Player of the Year at St. John's who helped put the conference on the map in the early-to mid-1980s, highlighted a group of nine individuals elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Monday as part of the NCAA Final Four. Mullin was chosen as the BIG EAST Player of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and remains the only player in conference history to win the award three times. Along with Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing - a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee - Mullin helped put a face on a young BIG EAST Conference by leading St. John's to four NCAA tournament appearances, including the 1985 Final Four. Mullin won the Wooden Award as the nation's top player in 1985 and was a two-time consensus all-America selection. He went on to win two gold medals as a member of the United State Olympic team, including a memorable run in 1992 as part of the original Dream Team. Mullin played 16 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Golden State Warriors, who chose him with the seventh overall selection in the 1985 draft. He was a five-time NBA All-Star who averaged 18.3 points in his career. He went on to serve as Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations for the Warriors from 2004-09. THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2011: Women's Committee: TERESA EDWARDS - Player, was the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic games - winning gold in four of them and bronze in the fifth. In college, she was a two-time Kodak All-America selection while leading Georgia twice to the Final Four. For her efforts, she has been elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame. Elected as a Player from the Women's Committee. TARA VANDERVEER - Coach, began her collegiate coaching career in 1978 and continues today at Stanford University. She has guided the Cardinal to two NCAA championships and this year became only the fifth Division I head coach to surpass 800 wins. At the International level, she has won Olympic gold in 1996 as well as gold in the Goodwill Games and World University Games. She has been named national coach of the year four times and has guided teams to eight Final Fours. Elected as a Coach from the Women's Committee. International Committee: ARVYDAS SABONIS - Player, known as one of best big men in European history, he made an additional name for himself here in the United States with the NBA. Known for his all round excellence and skill, he'd win Olympic gold and bronze as well as European championship gold with the Soviet Union and Lithuania between 1985 and 1996. Recognized as one of the greatest passing centers of all time, he also would be named the Euroleague's Most Valuable Player and was a two-time European Player of the Year. In the NBA, he would play with the Portland Trailblazers between 1995-2001 and 2002-2003. Elected as a Player from the International Committee. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee: REECE "GOOSE" TATUM - Player, was the original clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and would be known as a basketball ambassador around the world for more than 25 years. He began his career in the 1940s as a baseball player for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro National League. As a Globetrotter, he would play the important pivot position in the Globetrotter offense and was one of the first to shoot the hook shot with an arm span of 84-inches. He is also an enshrinee of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Elected as a Player from the Early African-American Pioneers Committee. (Born: May 31, 1921; Died Jan. 18, 1967) ABA Committee: ARTIS GILMORE - Player, member of the ABA 30-Man All-Time Team, would win one ABA championship and be named the ABA league and playoff Most Valuable Player. His ABA career would also include All-ABA First Team honors five times, and All-ABA Defensive Teams four times.