Stanford great Luisetti named to Pac-12 All-Century hoops


The man who revolutionized the game of basketball, Stanford's three-time All-American Hank Luisetti, was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Century Team recently.

The Stanford legend was one of eight guards and 20 players overall to be voted to the conference's all-century squad.

Luisetti popularized the running one-handed shot when he first introduced it on Dec. 30, 1936 in a victory over Long Island University at Madison Square Garden in New York. Luisetti and the Cardinal defeated Long Island University, 45-31, in that game, snapping LIU's 43-game winning streak.

A two-time national player of the year, Luisetti scored a school-record 50 points on Jan. 1, 1938 in a 92-27 win over Duquesne. He was honored as a first-team all-conference selection in 1936, 1937 and 1938. The guard is a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the Citizens Savings (formerly Helms) Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame.

Luisetti (1935-38) completed his Stanford career with 1,291 points. He averaged 14.3 points per game as a sophomore, 15.2 as a junior and 19.4 as a senior. The guard led Stanford to three straight PCC championships from 1936-38.

Luisetti, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 86, has his No. 7 jersey retired. He is also a member of the Stanford Hall of Fame.



Gary Payton-Oregon State 1987-90

Gail Goodrich-UCLA 1963-65

Jason Kidd-California 1993-94

Walt Hazzard-UCLA 1962-64

Harold Miner-USC 1990-92

Ron Lee-Oregon 1973-76

Paul Westphal-USC 1970-72

Damon Stoudamire-Arizona 1992-95


Sean Elliott-Arizona 1986-89

Marques Johnson-UCLA 1974-77

Sidney Wicks-UCLA 1969-71

Jamaal Wilkes-UCLA 1972-74

Reggie Miller-UCLA 11984-87

Hank Luisetti-Stanford 1936-38

Don MacLean-UCLA 1989-92

Ed O'Bannon-UCLA 1992-95


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-UCLA 1967-69

Bill Walton-UCLA 1972-74

Mel Counts-Oregon State 1962-64

Bob Houbregs-Washington-1951-53

Player of the Century

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA, 1967-69

Coach of the Century

John Wooden, UCLA, 1949-75

— Stanford Athletics

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