150 Years

Bill Bradley '65 to be Honored by the NABC Foundation

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/11/2010
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Bill Bradley '65 will be honored by the NABC Foundation on May 17.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON -- Bill Bradley '65, the most decorated athlete in the history of Princeton men's basketball, will be honored for his many accomplishments within and outside of basketball by the NABC Foundation on Monday, May 17 at The Plaza in New York.

Bradley will receive the Court of Honor Award from the NABC Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The award was first presented in 2009 in Chicago to Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball's Board of Directors and the architect of the 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning men's basketball team.

The award will go to someone with Olympic connections once again, as Bradley was a part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

After coming to Princeton from his home in Missouri, Bradley acquired numerous program records that still stand today, including remaining as Princeton's leading scorer with 2,503 points and rebounder with 1,008 boards. The point total is 957 more than any other Tiger, and all of Bradley's records were compiled in three years as he played in the era before freshman eligibility.

Those statistics, coupled with his leading Princeton to the NCAA Tournament in all three of his seasons and the Final Four in 1965, helped Bradley claim the Sullivan Award in his senior year. Bradley's number 42, also the number worn by 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier '52, was retired across all of Princeton athletics in October 2008.

Following his time at Princeton, Bradley studied at Oxford University in England with the Rhodes Scholarship he earned and then embarked on a decade-long career with the New York Knicks that saw the team claim NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. His basketball career earned Bradley a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame and his No. 24 retired by the Knicks.

Less than two years after retiring in 1977, Bradley won election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey in 1978, serving three terms ending in 1997. Since leaving the Senate, Bradley made a run at the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination in 2000 and currently serves as a Managing Director at Allen and Company, LLC, a financial firm in New York.

Princeton is well represented on the board of co-chairs for the event, including Wyc Grousbeck '83, Matt Henshon '91, Mellody Hobson '91, Marty Mannion '81, John W. Rogers, Jr. '80, Gary Walters '67 and Rick Wright '64. Joining those co-chairs in attendance at the gala will be many of Bradley's teammates and Princeton's current head men's basketball coach, Sydney Johnson '97.

More information about the event can be found here.

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