Feb. 5, 2010
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Former Washington State University student-athlete Paul Lindemann will be among 10 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball greats inducted into the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor, the league announced Friday. The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, March 13 during the Pac-10 Hall of Honor luncheon.
Lindemann had a storied career during one of the highest points of WSU basketball. He was a member of three of Jack Friel's most successful teams from 1939 to 1941, compiling a career record of 72-26. He was also the leader of perhaps the most accomplished team in school history.
Lindemann led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as a 6-foot-7 center on the 1941 squad. He scored a team-high 10.2 points per game in guiding WSU to a 13-3 mark and first-place finish in the Pacific Coast Conference North Division. The Cougars defeated Stanford twice for the Pacific Coast Conference championship and the right to advance to the Western United States Tournament.
At the tournament, the Cougars again turned to Lindemann as he scored 26 points in WSU's 48-39 victory against Creighton. The next night the senior paced WSU with 14 points in a 64-53 upset against previously unbeaten Arkansas for the West Regional title. In the school's only appearance in the NCAA championship game, Lindemann and his teammates could not overcome the East champion Wisconsin Badgers. WSU fell 39-34 in the title game, but the feat has not been surpassed.
Lindemann earned All-American honors following the season, becoming just the third WSU men's basketball player to garner such recognition. He also joined teammates Vern Butts and Ray Sundquist as All-Northern Division selections in 1941, while Lindemann and Sundquist took home All-Coast accolades.
He graduated from WSU in 1941 with bachelor degrees in science education and math. Lindemann joined Phillips Petroleum after leaving WSU, but continued to play basketball for five years as a member of the AAU 66ers. His teams were 176-25 those five years, and he was an AAU All-America pick in 1945.
Lindemann remained working at Phillips as manager of Corporate Safety and Loss Prevention in Bartlesville, Okla. He was instrumental in promoting the Texas A&M Fire school in his organization and served as conference leader for the school. He was a member of the board of directors for the National Safety Council and a member of their finance committee. In 1979 Lindemann received the National Safety Council Citation for Distinguished Service. In 1980 Lindemann was inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away June 24, 1990 at his home in Bartlesville, Okla. at age 72 of goodpasture syndrome.
The other individuals to be inducted include: Mike Bibby (Arizona), Jeremy Veal (Arizona State), Earl Robinson (California), Kenya Wilkins (Oregon), Dave Gambee (Oregon State), John Arrillaga (Stanford), John Block (USC) and Eldridge Recasner (Washington).