SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Miami University men's basketball great Wayne Embry was presented with the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman's Cup, an honor recognizing his support to the Hall of Fame through the years.
Embry was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as contributor to the sport in 1999 and has served on the board of trustees since 1974.
A 1958 graduate of Miami University, Embry was a two-time First-Team All-Mid-American Conference selection (1956-57 and 1957-58) for the Red and White and earned third-team Helms Athletic Foundation All-America honors as a senior in 1957-58. He led Miami to conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1957 and 1958. Embry led the MAC in scoring and rebounding his last two seasons and still holds several school records, including best career rebounding average (15.5 rpg).
He currently ranks No. 12 on Miami's all-time scoring list with 1,401 points and No. 2 on the all-time rebounding list with 1,117. Embry holds both Miami records for most rebounds in a game (34) and season (488). He is one of only 14 players in MAC history to total more than 1,000 career points and rebounds.
Embry's jersey number 23 is among five retired men's basketball numbers at Miami.
Following his graduation, he was originally drafted by the St. Louis Hawks. Embry played 11 seasons of professional basketball with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, and was a five-time NBA All-Star. Embry won an NBA Championship with the Celtics in 1968.
After his playing days, he continued his career in the NBA. In 1971, Embry was named Milwaukee's General Manger, becoming the first African-American GM in the NBA. From 1985 to 1992, Embry was vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and became the NBA's first African-American team president with the Cavaliers in 1994.
The Sporting News named him NBA Executive of the Year in 1992 and 1998. He currently serves as the Senior Basketball Advisor for the NBA's Toronto Raptors.
Embry was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2012. Within the last decade, a stretch of U.S. Route 40 in front of Tecumseh High School near Springfield, Ohio, was named in Wayne Embry's honor.
The Chairman's Cup Award was announced at the annual Reunion Dinner on Sept. 6.