Oct. 2, 2011
BERKELEY - Kevin Johnson, who left Cal in 1987 as the school's all-time leading scorer and guided the Golden Bear men's basketball team to its first postseason berths in a quarter century, has been elected into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Johnson joins a class the includes former Stanford and San Francisco 49er wide receiver Gene Washington, former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Flores and 1969 Masters champion golfer George Archer.
Johnson accumulated 1,655 points during his Cal career from 1984-87, a total that broke Bob McKeen's mark from the mid-1950s and now stands sixth for the Bears. A four-year starter at point guard, Johnson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and a senior. In 1986, he led Cal to the National Invitation Tournament, the team's first trip to the postseason since the 1960 campaign. Although the Bears lost in the first round, they finished 19-10 for their highest victory total since the '60 season. A year later with Johnson a senior, Cal won 20 games and reached the NIT's third round.
Johnson recorded what it believed to be the first triple-double in school history when he finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists vs. Arizona in 1987. He still holds Cal records for most points in a first half (26 vs. Stanford in 1987) and 317 assists in conference games, while he ranks among all-time leaders in several statistical categories. While with the Bears, Johnson set Cal's career assist record with 521 (now third), and he swiped 155 steals and posted three 30-point games.
Johnson was taken seventh oveall in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but spent most of his professional career with the Phoenix Suns. He retired in 2000 as a multi-time All-Star.
Currently mayor of Sacramento, Johnson was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2003. In 1992, he became the first Golden Bear men's basketball player to have his jersey retired when his No. 11 was raised to the rafters at old Harmon Gym.
The BASHOF class will be formally enshrined on March 13, 2012. For more information about the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, visit bashof.org.