NORMAN, Okla. -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Tuesday that former University of Oklahoma men's basketball standout Alvan Adams is one of five people selected for induction into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame this summer.
Adams will be joined by United States Secretary of Education and former Harvard basketball player Arne Duncan, former Notre Dame women's basketball player Ruth Riley, former USC swimmer John Naber and former Slippery Rock soccer standout Dr. Todd Olsen as inductees on June 25 in St. Louis, Mo. The induction ceremony will take place during the annual CoSIDA convention.
A gifted player on the basketball court and a valuable member of the community, Adams has made a positive impact in whatever setting his career has taken him.
An Academic All-America® honoree in both the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, Adams was a three-time All-Big Eight Conference selection, earning league player-of-the-year accolades after his junior campaign in 1975. The two-time All-American ranked as the Sooners' all-time leading scorer (1,787 points) and rebounder (938) when he departed Norman for a standout career in the National Basketball Association. He was chosen fourth overall in the 1975 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns and played 13 years with the organization.
The 1975-76 NBA Rookie of the Year, Adams led Phoenix to a spot in a memorable 1976 NBA Finals series against the Boston Celtics and went on to become the franchise leader in scoring (13,910 points), games played (988), rebounds (6,937) and steals (1,289). He had his jersey retired following the completion of his career in 1988, the third such honor in Suns history (and one of only 11 Phoenix players to earn the accolade).
Adams returned to Oklahoma following his playing career and earned his bachelor's degree in 1998. He became only the second Sooner in any sport to have his jersey honored, and he still ranks 14th in career rebounding in the history of the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference. As a freshman at OU, Adams played on the 1973 World University Games squad that captured the title with a perfect 9-0 mark.
As the Vice President for Facility Management for the Phoenix Arena Sports Corporation, Adams has been an active member of the Phoenix community. He serves on the Phoenix Pride Commission and was appointed by the city's major to the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Phoenix Museum of History, Alvan has also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and started the first NBA 65 Roses Club benefitting Cystic Fibrosis.
The Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, which was created in 1988, has 117 members. Other OU representatives are former football players Lee Roy Selmon (inducted in 1994), Jack Mildren (inducted in 1998) and Dewey Selmon (inducted in 2010).