St. John's great to enter collegiate hall of fame
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In a year when head coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm men’s basketball team have revitalized the St. John’s storied program, it is only fitting that the most-decorated player in school history, Chris Mullin, has been chosen as one of eight members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 induction class.

The eight-member group was announced on Monday and also includes former players Cazzie Russell, Ralph Sampson and James Worthy, coaching greats Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.

The Class of 2011 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 20, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.

Mullin starred at St. John’s from 1981-85 and directed the team to some of the greatest seasons in program history. A three-time Big East Player of the Year (1983-85), Mullin averaged 19.8 points as a senior while leading St. John’s to the 1985 Final Four and its first No. 1 ranking since 1951.

In 1985, he received the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top player and was named the Player of the Year by both United Press International and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Mullin, a two-time All-American, also garnered consensus first-team All-American honors as a senior.

The lefty from Brooklyn is St. John’s all-time leading scorer with 2,440 career points, and his scoring average of 19.5 points per game is the sixth-best mark in program history. In St. John’s record books, he ranks in the top 10 in 18 different statistical categories. He also holds St. John’s career free throw percentage record at 84.7 percent (682-of-805).

This past fall, Mullin joined ESPN as an NBA in-studio analyst. Prior to holding front office positions with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-09, the 16-year NBA veteran played for the Warriors (1985-2007, 2000-01) and Indiana Pacers (1997-2000). He was a five-time NBA All-Star with the Warriors (1989-93) and made the All-NBA First Team in 1992.

Mullin was selected by the Warriors with the seventh overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. During his NBA career, Mullin scored 17,911 points, averaging more than 20.0 points per game six-consecutive seasons (1987-93). He averaged 18.2 points per game throughout his career while shooting 51 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August of 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States Olympic Team, also known as the original Dream Team.

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