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George Raveling elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame


Former Washington State coach George Raveling, left, visits with WSU Sports Information Director Rod Commons at the Spokane Arena on Sunday.
 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Former Washington State coach George Raveling, left, visits with WSU Sports Information Director Rod Commons at the Spokane Arena on Sunday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

George Raveling, the first African-American head coach in Pac-12 history, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday as a contributor.

Raveling was very popular at Washington State, where he coached from 1972 until 1983 and ranks No. 3 in school history in winning percentage and overall wins among coaches with four or more years at the school. He later coached at Iowa and USC where he won various national Coach of the Year awards for leading the Trojans to a 15-3 Pac-10 record.

At WSU, Raveling led the Cougars to their second-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 1979-80 and took them back to March Madness in 1982-83. That year he became the school's first-ever Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

And here's a cool fact: Raveling was assigned to provide security for Dr. Martin Luther King on August, 28, 1963 during the famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front nearly a quarter-million "March on Washington" participants at the Lincoln Memorial. At the end of the speech, Dr. King gave the text to raveling, who is still in possession of the original copy.

The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 11 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. 



Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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