Former Marquette Basketball All-American Jim Chones To Be Inducted In Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame
July 28, 2002
Milwaukee -- Jim Chones, a standout on the 1970-71 and 1971-72 Marquette basketball teams, is one of eight inductees to the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 26.
Chones, a native of Racine Wis., captured All-American honors in 1971-72 after averaging 20.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game rebounding as Marquette concluded the year with a 25-4 record. During his two-year stay at Marquette, he recorded 952 points in 50 games along with 583 rebounds.
After a two-year stint in the American Basketball Association (ABA), Chones moved on to the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers where he enjoyed a productive five years (1974-75 through 1978-79), averaging double-figure scoring each season. He averaged a career-best 15.8 points during the 1975-76 campaign and his 3,790 rebounds still ranks No. 3 on the Cavs' all-time list. After Cleveland, he played two years in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Lakers' 1979-80 championship squad, and one year in Washington. He worked 11 years as a Cavaliers television analyst and resides in Orange Village, Ohio.
Joining Chones in this year's class are Sal Bando, Ken McBride, Robert E. Jackson, Jim Theiling, Ken McFadden, Bobby Rahal and Mark McCormack.
Candidates for the GCSHOF must have been raised in the Greater Cleveland area or have performed there and settled in the area. This year's class raises the number of enshrinees to 414 since the hall was established in 1976.
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