Former Stanford All-American and Naismith Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, who grew up in Southern California, was selected for the 2021 class of the Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday. He joins, posthumously, Stanford 2020 selections Jarron and Jason Collins and Casey Jacobsen in the SCBBHOF.
Stanford inducted the 6-foot-5 Yardley into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 1950, the year he graduated. He was the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season, accomplishing that feat in 1957-58 as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall in 1996, eight years before his death.
"George Yardley continues our Stanford tradition in the SCBBHOF, joining three tremendous players in the Collins Twins and Casey Jacobsen," Vice-President of the Southern California Basketball Hall of Fame Mike Gallups said. "And there was no better NBA shooter than George throughout the 1950s."
Yardley, who scored 820 points in 71 college games as a walk-on, was a two-time collegiate All-American after attending Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach.
He was a six-time NBA All-Star in his seven professional seasons and led the NBA in scoring once, averaging 27.8 points during his record-setting season.
Yardley delayed his professional career to concentrate on making the USA team for the 1952 Olympics, which he missed due to injury.
Joining Yardley in the current class are Rick Adelman, Gilbert Arenas, Joe Caldwell, Baron Davis, Nancy Dunkle, Gail Goodrich, Dennis Johnson, Steve Kerr, Raymond Lewis, David Meyers, Reggie Miller, Harold Miner, Anita Ortega, Byron Scott, Linda K. Sharp, Reggie Theus, Tina Thompson, Sidney Wicks and John Williams.