Vaughn To Be Inducted Into The Pac-12 Hall Of Honor

    Feb. 17, 2017

    Former USC men’s basketball great Ralph Vaughn will be one of 12 conference athletes or coaches inducted into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor on March 10, during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the 2017 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The inductees will also be recognized on the court during Friday night’s semifinal session.

    Vaughn was a high-scoring forward from Indiana who was called “the Larry Bird of his era.” An All-American and LIFE Magazine’s College Player of the Year in 1940, Vaughn was a member of USC’s first NCAA Tournament team that season and helped the Trojans to the national semifinals.

    A three-year starter and letterman, he topped Troy in scoring each season, was All-Conference each year and was named USC’s MVP in 1938. His 894 points was a Trojan career record that lasted 15 years. His 36-point outburst versus UCLA in 1939 was a conference record. USC went 57-17 with a pair of 20-win seasons and conference titles (1939-40) during his tenure, highlighted by the 1940 squad that started 13-0 and snapped Long Island’s 42-game winning streak at renowned Madison Square Garden. He then went on to a seven-year stint in the National Basketball League before beginning a career as a business executive. Vaughn, who passed away in 1998, was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

    The other players slated to be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor this season are Bob Elliott (Arizona), Tarence Wheeler (Arizona State), Jerome Randle (California), Chauncey Billups (Colorado), Stu Jackson (Oregon), Ray Blume (Oregon State), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), David Greenwood (UCLA), Andre Miller (Utah), Quincy Pondexter (Washington) and Carlos Daniel (Washington State).