HU all-time great and NBA Champion, Rick Mahorn to be inducted into Hampton Roads HOF


Moriah Felder | Staff Writer

Hampton University basketball great, Rick Mahorn, will be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth this fall as a member of the 2015 induction class.

The 6’10¨ power forward attended “Our Home By the Sea” from 1976-80. When he left HU in 1980, he was the all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, with 2,418 points and 1,465 rebounds. He also holds the school record for most points in a single season (855 in 79-80), most career average points per game (20.3), and most points scored in a single game (48 points against St. Augustine’s in 1980).

In 1980, Mahorn became the first player from Hampton to be drafted into the NBA, when he was selected in the second round by the Washington Bullets.

While in the NBA, Mahorn gained a reputation for being a physical player. During his time with the Detroit Pistons during the late 80’s, Mahorn and his teammates became known as the “Bad Boys”. One announcer called Rick Mahorn the “Baddest Boy¨ of them all. In 1989, he and the Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship and became known as one of the best NBA teams of all time.

He retired in 1999 after playing 18 seasons in the NBA. In 2005, the WNBA’s Detroit Shock hired Mahorn as an assistant coach to fellow bad boy, Bill Laimbeer. The duo went on to lead the team to two WNBA championships.

When Mahorn left Hampton in 1980, he was 12 credits shy of completing his degree. 35 years later, he decided to finish what he started and completed his degree requirements and received his Bachelor of Arts on May 11, 2015.

Rick Mahorn currently works as a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons.

The 2015 Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame class also includes Norfolk native and baseball player Hank Foiles, Virginia Beach native and two-sport athlete D.J. Dozier, former Old Dominion University basketball coach Sonny Allen, University of Virginia soccer player Angela Hucles , and football player and desegregation trailblazer Andrew Heidelberg from Norfolk.

The Induction ceremony will be held on October 20 at Norfolk Scope Arena.

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