The Fighting Irish select Walt Bellamy C and Mark Price G
He is forgotten by some as one of the game's dominating big men, but Walt Bellamy had his moments in the sun, despite playing in the shadows of contemporaries Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Bellamy averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds over a career that lasted 13 seasons and one game of a 14th. He is one of only seven players to score more than 20,000 points and grab more than 14,000 rebounds, joining Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Robert Parish, Moses Malone and Karl Malone. He played in four All-Star Games and he was Rookie of the Year in 1962.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1993); NBA Rookie of the Year (1962); Four-time NBA All-Star; Olympic gold medalist (1960)
G FG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Pts PPG
1,043 .516 .632 14,241 13.7 2,544 2.4 20,941 20.1
The 6-foot former Georgia Tech point guard mystified critics who said he was too slow, too small and too deliberate for a high-level game. Picked first in the second round (25th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA Draft, he was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a draft day trade that helped turn the team into an Eastern Conference power.
Price, the Cavs greatest point guard of all-time, was known as one of the league's most consistent shooters. He finished his career with a 90.4% free throw shooting percentage, placing him as the league's all-time leader in this statistical area, and a 40% three-point field goal shooting percentage. During the 1988-89 season, Price became only one of five players, along with Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki, to shoot at least 40% from three-point range, at least 50% from the field and at least 90% from the free throw line. Price ranked consistently among the assist leaders, twice won the Long Distance Shootout, and was a four-time All-Star. Price was named to the All-NBA First Team after the 1992-1993 season.
He was plagued by injuries late in his career, a factor in his trade to the Washington Bullets prior to the 1995-96 season. He played one season for Washington before moving on to the Golden State Warriors and later the Orlando Magic, where he played his final season. He retired in 1998. Not long after retirement, Price's number, 25, was retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Price and college teammate John Salley are among the very few college basketball players to have had their numbers (not just their jerseys) retired by their school.
The City of Enid, Oklahoma, built a Basketball Arena and named it the Mark Price Arena, as a tribute to the NBA players accomplishments, since he was one of the best basketball athletes in Enid High School
F Julius Erving
F Elvin Hayes
C George Mikan
G Oscar Robertson
G Earl Monroe
F/C Dolph Schayes
C Walt Bellamy
G Mark Price