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Villanova Basketball Alumn George Raveling to be inducted to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

George Raveling & Al Severance in 1959
George Raveling & Al Severance in 1959

The Villanova Wildcats will have another representative in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In an announcement from the Holiday Weekend, George Raveling has been elected into the prestigious museum and will be inducted in September as a "Contributor".

In the Hall of Fame's Press Release, they note that Raveling, "was the first African-American coach in the ACC and PAC-8 (now the PAC-12) and is known for making history by breaking down racial barriers as a coach."

Raveling, 77, graduated from Villanova in 1960 and recorded 28 rebounds in a 1959 game against Wagner. He is 11th on Villanova's All-Time Rebounding list.

After graduation, Rav was an assistant at 'Nova and Maryland before landing Head Coaching positions at Washington St. (1972-83), Iowa (1983-86), and Southern Cal (1986-94).

He currently has the role of "Director for International Basketball" at Nike.

Even though this is the ultimate honor, it's not his first. Raveling, along with former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, was inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Rav was also honored by the Naismith Hall of Fame with the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award two years ago.

Raveling joins Paul Arizin and Hank Nichols representing Villanova in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.