Nov. 22, 2010
HOUSTON - Former Cougar great Elvin Hayes will join the University of Houston men's basketball radio broadcast team as an analyst, Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades announced Monday afternoon.
As one of the greatest players in both Houston and NBA history, Hayes will primarily work with radio play-by-play announcer Tom Franklin on the Houston Sports Network from IMG College for both home and away games for the remainder of this season.
Hayes will join Brett Dolan at press row for the first time when the Cougars compete at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas at 3 p.m., Saturday. Franklin will call the play-by-play action during the Cougar football team's regular-season finale at Texas Tech later that night.
"This is an exciting time for the University of Houston basketball program with new players and (head) Coach (James) Dickey, and I just wanted to be a part of it," Hayes said. "As an analyst, I hope I can bring back back the excitement of the past and tell our fans about the enthusiasm of these young players and Coach Dickey."
Head coach James Dickey and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades were equally excited about the qualities that Hayes will bring to the broadcasts.
"To have someone like Elvin Hayes on our radio broadcast team is a great honor for our basketball program," Dickey said. "He will have a great feel for the University of Houston, for Cougar Basketball and for the overall game."
"We are absolutely thrilled that Elvin will rejoin our basketball family as a member of our radio team," Rhoades said. "As one of the greatest players in the history of college basketball and the NBA, he will bring valuable insights to our fans."
All Cougar men's basketball games can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with the pregame show slated to start 15 minutes before tipoff.
ABOUT ELVIN HAYES
As a Cougar from 1965 to 1968, Hayes established himself as one of the finest players in college basketball history. The Rayville, La., native led the Cougars to a combined 81-12 record and back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 1967 and 1968.
During his final collegiate season in 1967-68, Hayes was a consensus National Player of the Year selection after averaging 36.8 points and 18.9 rebounds per game. He remains the program's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 31.0 points and 17.2 rebounds per game during his career.
Following his Houston days, he was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets. In 16 seasons in the NBA, Hayes averaged 21.0 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-NBA First or Second Teams six times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star.
In 1996, he was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.
Hayes was inducted into the Houston Athletics Hall of Honor in 1974 and joined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.
UP NEXT FOR THE COUGARS
Before Hayes makes his radio debut with Houston, the Cougars will wrap up a brief homestand at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they play host to Louisiana in Hofheinz Pavilion.