March 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS -
Washington State University men's basketball great Jim McKean was one of 12 honorees inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, Saturday, prior to the championship game of the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
During his WSU career (1965-68), the 6-foot-9 McKean was a three-time all-conference honoree under legendary coach Marv Harshman. In 1964, he led the freshmen team in scoring and rebounding as the team posted a 22-0 record. McKean made his presence felt when he joined the varsity basketball squad in 1965. His personality and stature earned him the nickname "Jolly Green Giant" en route to becoming the first sophomore to lead the conference in rebounding. His 16.9 scoring average and 10.6 rebounding average placed him on the All-Pac-8 second team.
Kean's hard work and talent down low continued to blossom as he again led his team in scoring (18.5) and rebounding (11.7). He gave opposing defenses fits as he led the Cougars to a second-place conference finish. WSU finished second that season at the prestigious Far West Classic in Portland. In a game against West Virginia, McKean was named the most valuable player after grabbing a school-record 27 rebounds. McKean posted a career best 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds a game during his senior campaign. Highlighted by a 33 point effort against California, he posted double figures in all but one game and led the Cougars to a 16-9 record in 1968. LOOK Magazine recognized him as a District 8 All-American for a second straight year and he again earned an All-Pac-8 First Team selection. Following his senior year, McKean became the first player from WSU to be selected to compete at the U.S. Basketball Team trials.
McKean remains the all-time career leader in rebounding average with 11.0. His accomplishments on the court still rank him top-10 in career points, points per game average, field goals, free throws made, free throws attempted, and rebounds. He still holds seasonal top-10 records at WSU in scoring average, free throws made, and rebounding. A product of Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., McKean graduated from WSU and went on to complete his Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa.
Every year, every Pac-12 institution elects an individual from their university and selects them to be inducted into the Hall of Honor. The Pac-12 Hall of Honor was established in 2002 with the return of the Pac-12 tournament and now recognizes a former basketball great from each Pac-12 institution each year.
Joining McKean as this year's Hall of Honor inductees were: Jason Gardner (Arizona), Dennis Hamilton (Arizona State), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (California), Cliff Meely (Colorado), Chuck Rask (Oregon), Charlie Sitton (Oregon State), Ron Tomsic (Stanford), Lucius Allen (UCLA), Forrest Twogood (USC), Keith Van Horn (Utah) and Nate Robinson (Washington).
Washington State Hall of Honor Inductees:
2002 - Craig Ehlo
2003 - Jack Friel
2004 - George Raveling
2005 - Gene Conley
2006 - James Donaldson
2007 - Vince Hanson
2008 - Mark Hendrickson
2009 - Isaac Fontaine
2010 - Paul Lindemann
2011 - Ray Sunquist
2012 - Steve Puidokas
2013 - Jim McKean