University of Colorado and NBA great Chauncey Billups will be one of 12 former student-athletes inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor on Friday, March 10, during the Pac-12 Tournament.
Billups is a member of the 16th annual Hall of Honor class joining: Bob Elliott (Arizona), Tarence Wheeler (Arizona State), Jerome Randle (California), Stu Jackson (Oregon), Ray Blume (Oregon State), Mike Montgomery (Stanford), David Greenwood (UCLA), Ralph Vaughn (USC), Andre Miller (Utah), Quincy Pondexter (Washington) and Carlos Daniel (Washington State).
One of the most talented players in Colorado basketball history, Billups helped transform the Buffaloes into an NCAA Tournament contender in the two years he played in Boulder. He was a first-team All-American (Basketball News) and unanimous All-Big 12 performer (Associated Press and Coaches) as a sophomore in 1996-97, leading the Buffaloes to a second-place finish in the inaugural season of the Big 12 and CU's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years.
He set a Colorado freshman record for points in 1995-96 with 465 and still holds the first-year mark for assists at 143. He is one of two players in school history to score 1,000 points in just two seasons.
Following his sophomore year, he declared for the 1997 NBA draft, where he was the highest Buffalo ever drafted; third overall by the Boston Celtics. Billups went on to play 17 seasons in the league for seven different teams. A five-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, he led Detroit to the 2004 NBA Championship and was named Finals MVP averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists in the five-game series win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
It is the second consecutive year a former Buffs basketball great has entered the Pac-12 Hall of Honor despite never playing in a league CU didn't join until 2011, as Scott Wedman was inducted last year.