FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Department of Athletics marks the beginning of a series of banner unveilings this Saturday, Feb. 7 in Bud Walton Arena as it recognizes former Razorback legend and NBA star Sidney Moncrief in a special halftime ceremony.
Moncrief is one of the greatest basketball players ever to come out of the state of Arkansas. The 6’4” Moncrief signed with the Razorbacks out of Little Rock Hall High School to play for Coach Eddie Sutton. Moncrief, along with fellow Razorback legends Ron Brewer and Marvin Delph would become known nationally as “The Triplets,” helping put the University of Arkansas on the college basketball map.
While playing guard for the University of Arkansas from 1975-79, Moncrief earned numerous awards including All-America and All-Southwest Conference honors in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He also was named the Southwest Conference Most Valuable Player in 1979. In 1977, Moncrief and his teammates led Arkansas to a Southwest Conference Championship. A year later in 1978, the Razorbacks advanced to the Final Four before falling in the national semifinal to No. 1 Kentucky. Arkansas went on to defeat Notre Dame in the third-place game. In his senior season, Moncrief help lead the Razorbacks to an NCAA Regional Final, before the Razorbacks fell to Indiana State, and future NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird, on a buzzer beating shot.
Moncrief finished his Razorback career as Arkansas’ all-time leading scorer with 2,066 points. He held that record for 13 years and still ranks second only to Todd Day (2,395) in the Razorback history books. A prolific scorer, Moncrief averaged 12.6, 15.4, 17.3 and 22.0 points per game in his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons, respectively. He still holds school career records with 588 free throws and 1,015 rebounds. He ranks second in career field goal percentage (.606) and third in field goals made (739).
After college, Moncrief was a first-round pick in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, where he went on to be a five-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA first team. He also earned two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards for the Bucks. Moncrief played 10 seasons for Milwaukee before returning to the NBA for one season with the Atlanta Hawks. He retired from the NBA in 1991. During his 11-year NBA career, Moncrief averaged 15.6 points per game.
Moncrief is a member of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Last fall, Moncrief was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. Since leaving the court as a player, Moncrief has held several coaching positions in both the collegiate and professional ranks. He currently serves as a broadcaster for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The halftime tribute will include a video montage of Moncrief’s Razorback career as well as the official unveiling of a No. 32 banner in the rafters of Bud Walton Arena. Moncrief will be joined by members of his family and a group of his former teammates for the presentation.
In addition to Moncief, the men’s program will honor Corliss Williamson, a member of the 1994 National Championship team and Final Four MVP on Wednesday, Feb. 18 vs. Missouri and then Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Nolan Richardson on Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. Texas A&M.