The program also got some good news when it was announced former standout Stu Jackson will be inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
Per a release from the conference, he’ll be inducted along with 10 other players on Friday, March 10 prior to the semifinals of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament. The inductees will also be recognized on the court during the games, which means there’s a good chance that will happen in front of this year’s team.
The 16th annual Hall of Honor class also includes: Bob Elliott (Arizona), Tarence Wheeler (Arizona State), Jerome Randle (California), Chauncey Billups (Colorado), Ray Blume (Oregon State), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), David Greenwood (UCLA), Ralph Vaughn (USC), Andre Miller (Utah), Quincy Pondexter (Washington) and Carlos Daniel (Washington State).
Though Jackson last played for the Ducks more than 40 years ago, he’s led an outstanding career since:
Stu Jackson began his long association with the sport as a member of Oregon’s famed Kamikaze Kids’ teams of the 1970s. The Reading, Pa., native played three seasons at Oregon beginning in 1973-74 and scored 861 points before finishing his career at Seattle University. Jackson returned to Oregon as an assistant coach from 1981-83, and also had stops as an assistant at Washington State (1981-83) and Providence (1985-87). He was head coach of the NBA’s New York Knicks in 1990 and 1991, then spent the next two seasons as head coach at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to their first NCAA Tournament berth and victory in more than 45 years.
He served six years as president and general manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1994-2000), coaching the franchise in 1997. In June 2007, Jackson was named the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA. He is currently the Senior Associate Commissioner of Men's Basketball for the Big East Conference, where he oversees men's basketball operations and strategic planning.
He has held board positions on the University of Oregon Foundation Board of Trustees (2010-2014), the FIBA Technical Commission (2009-2013), the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees (2006-2013), and the USA Basketball Board of Directors (2001-2012). A graduate of Seattle University, Jackson received a bachelor of arts in business administration with a concentration in management in 1978.
Congrats to the former Kamikaze Kid on a well-deserved honor.