2018 Honoree, Jerry Lucas

2018 Honoree, Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas was a high school standout on the hardwood. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Lucas made a name for himself in basketball at an early age before coming to Columbus to play for the Buckeyes between 1959 and 1962. Jerry led OSU to the NCAA Championship game three times and was voted as the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four twice. Jerry was a 3-time first team All-American, a 2-time Player of the Year, NCAA Champion and remains the only three-time Big Ten Player of the Year. This led to his number 11 being retired at Ohio State and his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

In 1964, Lucas was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He was a 3-time All-NBA player, 7-time NBA All-Star, All-Star Game MVP in 1965 and NBA Champion in 1973.

After his basketball career ended in the mid-1970s, Lucas took to becoming a teacher and writer in the area of image-based memory education. His book written with Harry Lorayne, The Memory Book, was a national best-seller. Lucas has also conducted seminars demonstrating memory techniques, and has written 30 books and educational products and games for children.

 

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