Former Norfolk State men’s great basketball player Bob Dandridge has been named one of 16 inductees into the 2021 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dandridge, who was selected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, competed for the Spartans from 1965 to 1969 before enjoying a 13-year professional career in the NBA.
A 6-foot-6 forward, he led Norfolk State to the 1968 regular season and CIAA tournament titles, finishing 24-2 overall and 17-1 in the league. Dandridge led the Spartans to an NCAA regional berth as a junior in 1968 and back to his senior year in 1969. He was named All-CIAA and to the CIAA All-Tournament team both years. In 1969, he was the MVP of the CIAA tournament despite ending NSU as a runner-up. He set the tournament record that year scoring 50 points in a first-round victory over Virginia Union. He still holds the record for most points in a CIAA tournament with 114 that year.
A native of Richmond, Dandridge was also named AP All-America Honorable Mention as a senior in 1968-69 after scoring 32.3 points per game, a school record that still stands today. He averaged 26.2 points in his junior year and ended his career with 1664 points, good for the 14th all-time at NSU. He averages 22.5 points for his career as Spartans, second in school history. He led the Spartans to an 87-16 record in his four seasons, 63-7 in the CIAA.
After being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 45th overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft, Dandridge played more than 800 games during his NBA career. He’s been a four-time All-Star and made the playoffs eight times with the Bucks and Washington Bullets. He has made the NBA Finals four times and won two NBA Championships with the Bucks in 1971 and the Bullets in 1978.
He’s averaged 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his NBA career, including 20.1 points in those eight playoff appearances. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1970 and to both the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 1979. His No.10 was retired by the Bucks.
Dandridge was the first of four Spartans to appear in an NBA game. His No.12 is one of three jerseys withdrawn by the State of Norfolk. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the inaugural Norfolk State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.
The 2021 Hall of Fame class will be dedicated on September 11 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Enshrinement Tip-Off Awards Celebration and Gala will take place on September 10 at the Mohegan Sun. Tickets for the 2021 ceremony and all consecration events are on sale online at www.HoopHall.com or by calling the Basketball Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5513.
This year’s Hall of Fame class includes nine North American and Women’s Committee laureates: ninth winning coach in NBA history, Rick Adelman; Chris Bosh, two-time NBA champion and 11-time NBA All-Star; NBA Finals MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce; the first head coach of the black NBA, Bill Russell; four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Ben Wallace; Chris Webber, five-time NBA All-Star and NBA Rookie of the Year; Jay Wright, two-time NCAA national champion, coach of Villanova; Seven-time WNBA All-Star; and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith; and Lauren Jackson, seven-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA Best Player.
Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas of the game also selected seven directly elected curators: Val Ackerman, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Howard Garfinkel from the Contributors Committee; Clarence âFatsâ Jenkins of the African American Early Pioneers Committee; Toni Kukoc from the International Committee; Bob Dandridge of the Veterans Committee; and Pearl Moore of the Female Veterans Committee.