Beaty Named To Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame

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BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Prairie View A&M University basketball great Zelmo Beaty has been named to the Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame, which was announced today in Baldwin City, Kansas.

Beaty is a part of the 12-member SCB Hall Of Fame Class, only the second in the history of the Hall. He will be inducted posthumously on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in ceremonies in Evansville, Ind.

At Prairie View A&M, Beaty was a two-time All-American (1960, 1962), leading the Panthers to the NAIA National Championship in 1962 and earning National Tournament MVP honors. Beaty set the NAIA Tournament record for rebounds in a tournament (96), a mark that still stands to this day.  He averaged 25 points and 20 rebounds during his four-year career on The Hill, which led to a 13-year pro basketball career in the ABA and NBA.

As a pro, the 6-foot-9 center again averaged a double-double for his career, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds in playing for the St. Louis Hawks, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Stars, and Los Angeles Lakers. Beaty was a five-time All-Star and led the Stars to the 1971 ABA Championship, earning playoff MVP honors.

Beaty, a Prairie View A&M Sports Hall Of Famer who was named to the NAIA’s 50th & 75th Anniversary Teams, is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2014), and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2016).

Joining Beaty in the 2017 Small College Basketball Hall of Fame class: Walt Frazier, Player, Southern Illinois; Emil Liston, Contributor, Baker; Bob Love, Player, Southern; Don Meyer, Coach, Hamline, David Lipscomb and Northern State; Dave Robbins, Coach, Virginia Union; Jack Sikma, Player, Illinois Wesleyan; Elmore Smith, Player, Kentucky State; Jim Spivey, Player, Southeastern Oklahoma State; Rico Swanson, Player, Bethel (IN); George Tinsley, Player, Kentucky Wesleyan; and Al Tucker, Player, Oklahoma Baptist.


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