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ADRIAN DANTLEY


Class 1976
Bio
  • Inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor on March 2, 2012
  • Named the national player of the year as a junior in 1975-76 by the United States Basketball Writers Association
  • A two-time first-team All-American in 1974-75 and 1975-76
  • A member of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in Montreal in 1976
  • Averaged 18.3 points per game as a starting forward as a freshman for the Irish in 1973-74
  • Finished second nationally in scoring as a sophomore with a 30.4 average, ranked fourth nationally in scoring as a junior in ’75-’76 with a 28.6 average
  • Played on teams that finished 26-3, 19-10 and 23-6, earning mention on NCAA all-regional teams as a sophomore and junior
  • Ranks third on the Irish career scoring list (behind Austin Carr and Luke Harangody) with 2,223 points
  • Posted a 25.8 career scoring average and a 9.8 career rebound average and made more free throws (615) than any player in Irish history
  • After passing up his senior season to make himself available for the NBA draft, Dantley returned to finish his degree requirements at Notre Dame by 1978
  • The sixth overall pick in the ’76 NBA draft by Buffalo Braves, he was named the NBA rookie of the year in ’77 with a 20.3 scoring average and a 7.6 rebound mark
  • Dantley played 15 seasons in the NBA, averaging 24.3 points per game
  • Led the league five times in free throws made in a season and led the NBA in scoring in ’81 at 30.7 and ’84 at 30.6
  • His 23,177 career points ranks 21st all-time in the NBA
  • A six-time NBA All-Star (1980-82, 1984-86), he was named NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1984, the year he led the league in scoring (30.6)
  • A scholastic All-America player at DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.), he was born Feb. 28, 1956, in Washington, D.C.
  • Dantley became the sixth individual with Notre Dame connections to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in ’08

Adrian Dantley In The Naismith Hall of Fame