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Oscar Robertson Inducted into International Hall of Fame

The Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) has announced the list of 11 inductees for the 2009 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame, including an alum of UC's College of Business, a successful entrepreneur.

Date: 8/31/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Dottie Stover, photojournalist

UC ingot   Inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame are divided into four categories: players (who have been retired from international competition for a minimum of five years), coaches, technical officials (referees and commissioners) and contributors.

Celebrating Oscar Robertson's 50th anniversary of Madison Square 56-point game.
Oscar Robertson at Madison Square Garden in 2008

Nominations for inductees into the FIBA Hall of Fame can be submitted by FIBA member national federations, FIBA zone commissions, central board members and FIBA screening committee members.

2009 Inductees:

Artenik Arabadjian, Referee, Bulgaria 
Jacky Chazalon, Player, France   
Pedro Ferrándiz, Coach, Spain   
Ricardo González, Player, Argentina  
Al Ramsay, Contributor, Australia  
Oscar Robertson, Player, USA   

2009 Posthumous Inductees:

Luis Martín, Contributor, Argentina
Pete Newell, Coach, USA 
Ubiratan Pereira, Player, Brazil 
Marcel Pfeuti, Referee, Switzerland
Kay Yow, Coach, USA 

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Enshrinement ceremonies into the FIBA Hall of Fame take place every two years.

Enshrinement ceremonies into the FIBA Hall of Fame take place every two years and are limited to a maximum of six living inductees. The official ceremony of the 2009 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will take place on September 20 in Katowice (Poland), coinciding with the Finals of the 2009 Eurobasket, and on September 22 in the FIBA Hall of Fame located in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain).

About the FIBA Hall of Fame  
The primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport and the key people who have played a role in that history. The key criterion for selection into the FIBA Hall of Fame is outstanding achievement at the international level to the development and status of the sport of basketball.

About FIBA

FIBA (the world governing body for basketball), is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee.

About Oscar Robertson 

Photo courtesy of UC Magazine
Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, Bus '60, HonDoc '07, was a force to be reckoned with as a Bearcat, an Olympian and a professional basketball player.

Oscar Robertson (known as “The Big O”) is considered by many to be the greatest all-around player in the history of basketball. Robertson earned a degree in business (1960) while leading the UC Bearcats to the NCAA Final Four twice and earning national consensus Player of the Year honors all three years that he played college basketball. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Robertson "Player of the Century." After graduating from UC, Robertson went on to play professional basketball with the Cincinnati Royals and then the Milwaukee Bucks. He set records in the NBA that may never be broken and was voted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1979, in his first year of eligibility.

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