Jan. 26, 2011
BERKELEY - Bob McKeen, a 6-7 center who played for the Golden Bears from 1952-55, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at a ceremony during the 2011 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament in March.
The Hall of Honor recognizes a former player or coach from each conference school who has made significant contributions to the tradition and heritage of the Pac-10. In addition to McKeen, the other inductees are: Michael Dickerson (Arizona), Isaac Austin (Arizona State), Charlie Warren (Oregon), Charlie White (Oregon State), Brevin Knight (Stanford) Don MacLean (UCLA), Harold Miner (USC), Todd MacCulloch (Washington) and Ray Sundquist (Washington State).
McKeen played for two of the most notable coaches in Cal history - Nibs Price and Pete Newell - and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,654 points), setting a record that stood for more than 30 years. McKeen averaged 15.5 points per game over his four-year career and finished with 1,654 points, nearly 400 points more than any Bear up to that time. The mark remained atop Cal's scoring chart until 1987 when Kevin Johnson tallied just one point more.
Now seventh on the scoring list, McKeen remains the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,019 and is the only player in Cal history to grab more than 1,000 boards. He averaged 9.7 per game over 105 games played and snared at least 240 rebounds every season. He also collected a pair of 20-rebound performances.
McKeen was the first Cal player to score at least 30 points five times and tallied a then-school record 40 points at Utah as a junior. His 36 points against UCLA in 1955 continue to be the most by a Bear in any game against the Bruins.
McKeen was named All-Southern Division four times and an All-American on three occasions. He was named to the second team as a sophomore and the third team his junior and senior years.
McKeen was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. Following his Cal career, McKeen was drafted in the first round by the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers, but turned down the offer of $6,500 per year and instead enrolled in graduate school at Cal to pursue a master's degree in business administration. He later became a member of the Oakland City Council from 1960-64. He passed away on December 31, 1999.
McKeen will become the 10th Golden Bear enshrined n the Hall of Honor, following coaches Pete Newell and Nibs Price and players Kevin Johnson, Darrall Imhoff, Jason Kidd, Andy Wolfe, Russ Critchfield, Charles Johnson and Earl Robinson.
The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 12 during the Pac-10 Hall of Honor breakfast in Los Angeles.
For more information on the entire 2010 class, click here.