Westphal Named To 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall Of Fame Class
USC men's basketball great Paul Westphal was named to the 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class, it was announced today (March 28).
Westphal played at USC from 1970-72 and averaged 16.4 points per game in his career, ninth-best in school history, before going on to an all-star career as both a player and coach in the NBA. While at USC, Westphal was a two-time All-Pac-8 first-team selection and was named to the 1972 Helms Athletic Fund All-America team. The 1971 Trojans went 24-2, posting the best winning percentage all-time by a USC team of 92.3 percent. He served as USC's team captain for the 1972 season and led the Trojans with a 20.3 scoring average.
USC retired Westphal's jersey No. 25 on January 18, 2007 and he was inducted into the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame on May 17, 1997. The Pac-10 also honored Westphal, electing him to the Conference's Hall of Honor on March 15, 2008.
Westphal followed his collegiate career with a successful run in the NBA. After being drafted No. 10 overall in 1972 by the Boston Celtics, he went on to make five All-Star Teams and four All-NBA Teams, and was a member of the 1974 NBA champion Celtics squad. After finishing his playing career, Westphal held head coaching positions at the collegiate level with Southwestern Baptist Bible, Grand Canyon and Pepperdine, and then at the NBA level with Phoenix, Seattle and Sacramento. Westphal led the 1993 Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals.
Westphal becomes the third Trojan to be elected into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Bil Sharman was inducted as a player in the 2006 class and Tex Winter was named to the 2010 class as a coach.
The induction celebration will take place on November 18 and precede the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic at Kansas City's Sprint Center, which USC will be competing in on Nov. 19-20.