Basketball: Ex-Bear Bob McKeen honored

Bob McKeen, who reigned as Cal’s career scoring leader for more than three decades, has been chosen as the school’s entry into the Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor.

He will be recognized during the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, March 9-12.

McKeen, who played at Cal from 1952 through ’55, scored 1,654 points in a four-year varsity career under Nibs Price and Pete Newell. His record stood until 1987, when Kevin Johnson eclipsed it by a single point. He still ranks No. 7 on Cal’s career list.

A 6-foot-7 center, McKeen still holds the Bears’ career record with 1,019 rebounds.

He was the first Cal player to score at least 30 points five times and scored a then-school record 40 points at Utah as a junior. His 36 points versus UCLA in 1955 remains the highest-scoring game by a Cal player against  the Bruins.

McKeen was named All-Southern Division four times and was recognized as a second- or third-team All-American three times.

Drafted in the first round by the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, McKeen turned down an offer of $6,500 per year and enrolled in graduate school at Cal to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. He later became a member of the Oakland City Council from 1960-64. Voted into Cal’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, McKeen died on December 31, 1999.

Other inductees this year include Stanford’s Brevin Knight, USC’s Harold Miner and UCLA’s Don MacLean.

Previous Cal inductees are: Pete Newell (2002), Kevin Johnson (2003), Jason Kidd (2004), Darrall Imhoff (2005), Andy Wolfe (2006), Russ Critchfield (2007), Charles Johnson (2008), Nibs Price (2009) and Earl Robinson (2010).

Jeff Faraudo