Former Big 12 and Kansas State star Mitch Richmond was one of 10 individuals named on Monday to the 2014 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Richmond will go down in history as one of the greatest players in Kansas State men’s basketball history. He scored 1,327 points is the most by a player over a two-year period in K-State program history. A junior-college transfer from Moberly (Mo.) Community College, the 6-5 forward is one of 25 players at Kansas State to score more than 1,000 points in his career.
Richmond played at Kansas State from 1986-88 for coach Lon Kruger, who is currently the head coach at Oklahoma. In his two seasons at Kansas State, Richmond, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., helped lead the Wildcats to 46 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances and to the Midwest Regional final in 1988, where K-State lost to eventual national champion Kansas.
The Kansas State All-American (1987-88) is the fourth Wildcat player to be named to the Naismith Hall of Fame. Others were Bob Boozer in 2010 and former head coaches Jack Gardner in 1984 and Tex Winter in 2011.
Richmond was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth player taken overall in the 1988 NBA Draft. He played for 14 seasons in the NBA with four different teams: the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers.
Joining Richmond in the Naismith Hall of Fame class of 2014 are seven-time NBA All-Star and former Georgetown star Alonzo Mourning, the Immaculata University AIW national championship teams of the 1970s and former head coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams, longtime coach at Maryland. These five are joined by five other directly elected honorees: former NBA star and ABA coach Bob Leonard, former NBA players Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis and Guy Rodgers and former NBA commissioner David Stern.
Richmond and the Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.