Entry #15, November 28, 2010
Article by Omnidan:
The 2010 Class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame including former Alcorn State coach Davey
Whitney was enshrined last Sunday in ceremonies at the College Basketball Experience (CBE) and the historic Midland Theater in Kansas City, Mo. Joining Whitney in this year’s class were were players Christian Laettner of Duke and Sidney Wicks of UCLA; coach Tex Winter and contributors Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt.
Whitney’s teams won 711 games in 35 years of coaching but he did so much more than win basketball games. The “Wiz”, who earned more letters than any other athlete at Kentucky State University, brought his Alcorn State University program to heights that never seemed possible. The Braves dominated the Southwestern Athletic Conference with nine championships and little recognition until 1979, when Whitney guided his team to a berth in the NIT, one of the first for a historically black institution. Alcorn also upset in-state rival Mississippi State in the opening round.
The next year, Alcorn earned a berth in the NCAA tournament, one of four for Whitney-coached teams, and topped South Alabama in the opening round. USA Basketball has recognized Whitney’s coaching talents on several national teams and he was the recipient of the NCAA’s first Journey Award in 1972.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame occupies approximately one-third of the College Basketball Experience and compliments the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by enshrining coaches, players and teams who deserve recognition but may be omitted from Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.