Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame

April 13, 2015 Hall of Fame Working


Information about Nominee:

Name: Dave Cowens



Information about Person Making the Nomination:

Name: William Jones

3555 E. Augusta Chatham Rd.
Augusta, KY 41002

Category of Nomination:





Primary KHSAA Basketball Region: 9

Secondary KHSAA Basketball Region: 0


High School Attended: Newport Catholic

Year of Graduation: 1966

Nominee's Accomplishments at the High School Level in Kentucky:

Dave Cowens played basketball at Newport Catholic for two seasons in 1965 and 1966. His 1965 team was 21-8 winning a district championship. The 1966 Thoroughbreds were 29-3 winning a district and region championship. Cowens went on to play basketball at Florida State. He scored 1,479 points over his 78-game career at FSU. He averaged a startling 17.1 rebounds per game totaling 1,340 over his career. He led the Seminoles to the 1968 NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the 4th overall pick and won NBA Rookie of the Year in 1971 starting a 14-year career. He was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 1973 and was a 7x NBA All-Star. He won 2 NBA Championships with the Celtics in 1974 and 1976. He also served as head coach of the Celtics in 1978-79. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. The Cowens Family donated a new basketball court to Newport Central Catholic in 2018. 2× NBA champion (1974, 1976) NBA Most Valuable Player (1973) 8× NBA All-Star (1972–1978, 1980) NBA All-Star Game MVP (1973) 3× All-NBA Second Team (1973, 1975, 1976) NBA All-Defensive First Team (1976) 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1975, 1980) NBA Rookie of the Year (1971) NBA All-Rookie Team (1971) NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th) No. 18 retired by Boston Celtics No. 13 retired by Florida State Seminoles Points 13,516 (17.6 ppg) Rebounds 10,444 (13.6 rpg) Assists 2,910 (3.8 apg) As player: 1970–1980 Boston Celtics 1982–1983 Milwaukee Bucks As coach: 1978–1979 Boston Celtics 1984–1985 Bay State Bombardiers 1994–1996 San Antonio Spurs (assistant) 1996–1999 Charlotte Hornets 2000–2001 Golden State Warriors 2006 Chicago Sky 2006–2009 Detroit Pistons (assistant)

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Electronic Signature: Jenny Elder

Date Submitted: August 2, 2022