March 17, 2008
Former Irish basketball All-American Austin Carr returned to the Joyce Center February 21 to celebrate his November induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Carr, named the 22nd best college basketball player of all time by ESPN, was honored in 1971 as the national player of the year by both the Associated Press and United Press International.
During his career with the Irish (1968-71), Carr totaled 2,560 points. He set numerous NCAA tournament records, including a 61-point effort against Ohio University in 1970. He also scored 52 points twice in NCAA tournament games and also had outings of 47 and 45 points (all without the benefit of the three-point shot!).
After being selected as the first overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carr spent 10 seasons in professional basketball. His number 34 jersey remains one of only six retired by Cleveland in the franchise’s history. He currently serves as director of community relations for the Cavaliers.
Carr was part of the second class inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Kansas City. Others honored in November 2007 were Lefty Driessel of Maryland, Norm Stewart of Missouri and Dick Groat of Duke.
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