Wildcat great is one of 13 people enshrined as part of the Class of 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Former University of Arizona men’s basketball player Sean Elliott was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 2, in ceremonies that took place in San Antonio, Texas.
Elliott was one of 13 people selected for enshrinement by the National Federation of State High School Associations. He was joined in the Class of 2005 by athletes Ty Detmer (football; San Antonio, Texas), Chad Hennings (football, Van Horne, Iowa), LaTaunya Pollard (women’s basketball, East Chicago, Ind.) and Patty Sheehan (women’s golf, Reno, Nev.).
A native of Tucson, Elliott starred for Cholla High School, where he earned three varsity letters. As a senior in 1984-85, Elliott averaged 31.3 points per game and led the Chargers to a 24-3 record and a berth in the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. His 844 points scored and scoring average both were single-season 5A state records at the time.
He was a two-time all-state selection and was named the state high school player of the year in 1985. Elliott earned All-America honors from McDonald’s, Converse, adidas and Basketball Times following his senior season. Additionally, he was selected to Arizona’s 20th Century Super Seven team and the Cholla High School Gymnasium now bears his name.
A 6-foot-8 forward, Elliott played four seasons for the Wildcats (1985-89) and finished his career as both the school’s and Pacific-10 Conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,555 career points. He was a two-time Associated Press All-American and was named the national player of the year in 1989.
While at Arizona, Elliott helped the Wildcats to a 105-28 (.789) record and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Along the way, Arizona won three Pac-10 championships, two Pac-10 Tournament titles and advanced to the 1988 Final Four.
Elliott played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association, 11 of those with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 14.4 points per game and closed his career as the Spurs’ career leader in three-point field goals made and attempted, while ranking fourth in points scored. Elliott’s 85 career playoff appearances rank second in franchise history.
Since his retirement, Elliott has been a color commentator for NBA broadcasts on ESPN, ABC and the San Antonio Spurs network.
Elliott’s No. 32 jersey has been retired by both the University of Arizona and the San Antonio Spurs. He is one of only three Wildcats and five Spurs to have his jersey retired.
In addition to the athletes, three coaches, one official, two administrators and two individuals in the fine arts field were inducted as part of the 23rd class of the National High School Hall of Fame. The NFHS started the Hall of Fame in 1982 to honor high school athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, fine arts coaches/directors and others for their contributions and achievements in high school extra curricular activities. NFHS Hall of Fame membership is now 314.