PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Big 5 announced its Hall of Fame class for the 2013-14 season, and the four-person list includes 2000 University of Pennsylvania graduate Michael Jordan from men's basketball.
Jordan will be formally inducted at the Big 5 Basketball Banquet on Monday, April 14 along with Pat Carroll (Saint Joseph's 2002-05), Crista Ricketts (La Salle 2003-07), and media member Dick "Hoops" Weiss. The Big 5 will also honor its 2013-14 men's and women's award winners at the banquet, making the evening a true celebration of Big 5 basketball past and present. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on the floor of The Palestra; tickets are still available to the event and are $50 each. Please contact Steve Crider at the Big 5 office to purchase tickets.
(From a Penn standpoint, the banquet that night will also include the presentation of current senior Alyssa Baron as the Big 5 Women's Player of the Year; Sydney Stipanovich as the Big 5 Women's Rookie of the Year; and Mike McLaughlin as the Big 5 Women's Coach of the Year.)
Jordan was a three-time first-team All-Big 5 selection during his career (1998, 1999, 2000), and won the Big 5's Cy Kaselman Award in 2000 (best free-throw percentage among Big 5 players). The 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year and 1997 Ivy League Rookie of the Year also was a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick (1998, 1999, 2000) who led Penn to Ivy titles in 1999 and 2000, the Quakers going a combined 27-1 in league play in those years.
Jordan graduated third on Penn’s all-time scoring list with 1,604 points, behind only Ernie Beck and Keven McDonald, and was second in program history in career assists behind only Jerome Allen (469); third in career steals, behind Allen and Matt Maloney (147); sixth in career 3-point FG (176); and eighth in career free throws made (332).
Jordan, who was only the second player in program history to start more than 100 games in his career, was the first player to lead the team in assists all four seasons he played, dating back to 1978-79 when the stat was first officially kept -- a feat that has only been matched once since his graduation. He also led Penn in scoring and steals steals straight seasons (1998, 1999, 2000).