May 12, 2011

CINCINNATI—Former Miami University men’s basketball great Wally Szczerbiak was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening (May 11). Szczerbiak was one of nine individuals who make up the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Class of 2011. He was inducted into Miami’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2009.

After leading Miami to the 1999 Sweet 16, the first time in program history Miami has won two NCAA Tournament games, Szczerbiak ('99) was named a first-team All-American by Basketball News, Sports Illustrated, Basketball America and John Wooden and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC and USBWA. He was a finalist for the Naismith, Robertson and Wooden player of the year awards.

A two-time first-team all-MAC pick (1998 and 1999), Szczerbiak was a unanimous selection as the 1999 MAC Player of the Year and was the Miami Male Athlete of the Year in 1998-99. He is one of just two MU players to be named to the MAC all-tournament team three times (1997, 1998, 1999) and is Miami's career record holder for 3-point field-goal percentage and its single-season record holder for points, free throws and 3-point field-goal percentage. With 1,847 points, Szczerbiak is Miami's second all-time leading scorer. He is ranked among Miami career leaders on 11 of 19 top-10 lists.

In 1999, he helped the RedHawks tie a school record for wins with 24 and averaged 24.2 ppg, which ranked third nationally. He played in the 1997 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 1996 NIT and helped Miami to regular-season MAC titles in 1997 and 1999 and a tournament crown in 1997.

Following his illustrious Miami career, Szczerbiak was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was member of the 2000 NBA All-Rookie Team and the MVP of the 2001 Schick Rookie Challenge game. Szczerbiak also spent two seasons with the Boston Celtics. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, his last stop with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miami head men’s basketball coach Charlie Coles served as the guest speaker at the event held at Receptions in Fairfield. Coles, who was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, was tabbed the NABC District 14 Coach of the Year in 2011 and also was honored as one of the organization’s Guardians of the Game earlier this spring. Coles will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.