Former Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke Among Eight Inductees for 2010 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class
Feb. 24, 2010
Former Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke is among eight individuals announced today to be enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2010 induction ceremonies will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at the College Basketball Experience (CBE) and the historic Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. The CBE, a worldclass entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans, shares a common lobby with Sprint Center and is the home of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Duke will be inducted as a contributor and was the NCAA’s assistant executive director for 11 years before spending eight with the Big Eight and 18 with the Big Ten. He was chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee for four years and championed allowing more than one team from a conference into the NCAA tournament.
“Wayne Duke was one of the NCAA’s great leaders in helping develop and administer the men’s basketball championship, especially during its formative years,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Later as chairman of the Division I Men’s Basketball committee Wayne helped move and direct policy initiatives that facilitated the remarkable growth and popularity of the men’s championship. For a lifetime of contributions to the sport of college basketball, we congratulate our friend and colleague on this well deserved honor.”
The 2010 induction class also includes former Northwestern head coach Tex Winter, along with fellow coach Davey Whitney and student-athletes Sidney Wicks and Christian Laettner. NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt will also be inducted as a contributor, while Jerry West and David Thompson will be recognized as members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s founding class.