April 10, 2013

Chris Dudley '87 To Be Inducted Into New England Basketball Hall Of Fame

Three-Time First Team All-Ivy Selection At Yale; Played 16 Season In NBA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Chris Dudley '87, a three-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale who went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA, will be inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Category of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22.

Dudley remains second all-time at Yale in rebounding (974) and blocked shots (172) and is ninth with 1,290 career points. He led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding as both a junior and senior.

Dudley was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth round of the 1987 NBA Draft. In his career with the Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers, he scored 3,473 points and collected 5,457 rebounds. His team appeared in the NBA playoffs 12 times, and he helped the Knicks reach the NBA finals in 1999.

Dudley also was active off the court. He was the recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player, coach or trainer in recognition of outstanding community service and charitable work.

In addition, he was honored for his work on behalf of children and young adults. The 6-11 center donated $300,000 to the Oregon chapter of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation to sponsor 76 fourth-graders at Northeast Portland's Vernon Elementary School. The donation, the largest contribution by a professional athlete in the history of the national program, was used to support the students through the elementary and high school years to pay for their college tuitions.

In 1997 Dudley established a $100,000 endowment for the Yale Basketball Association. Dudley made a presentation following a Trailblazer-Houston Rocket game in Portland

Following his NBA career, Dudley ran as Republican nominee in the closest Governor's race in Oregon history, missing election by a fraction at 49 percent to 48 percent in 2010.

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will hold its 2013 Induction Ceremony and Dinner at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, June 22. The event will feature a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring basketball luminaries, followed by dinner and the ceremony at 6 p.m.

The entire 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame Class, along with several other important updates, including additional celebrity attendees, will be announced on the event website – nebasketballhalloffame.com in the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now at nebhof.ticketsocket.com.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity