Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame selects Brown, O'Neal

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Dale Brown

BATON ROUGE - National Player of the Year and All-American Shaquille O’Neal and his coach, Dale Brown, who led LSU to two Final Four and four Southeastern Conference titles in 25 years are part of the 2014 induction class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

The pair is part of a star-studded Class of 2014 that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.

O’Neal played three years for Brown at LSU from 1989-92 and averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He was a national player of the year as a sophomore and a first-team All-American and SEC player of the year as both a sophomore and a junior. He finished his career fifth in scoring with 1,941 points and second in rebounds at LSU with 1,217. He had a career record of 64-29 in three years at LSU and set LSU records for blocks in a game, season and career.

Brown won 60 percent of his games during his 25-year career at LSU from 1972-97. He took the Tigers to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1986 and was the national coach of the year in 1981. He compiled 448 wins and won four SEC titles and was a four-time SEC Coach of the Year.