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Jerome Lane

A rebounding machine---that's the label teammates and opponents gave to Jerome Lane during his basketball career. From his prep days at St. Vincent/St. Mary, where he helped win the 1984 state title, through his college and professional career, Jerome Lane was always among the leaders in rebounding. In 1987, during his sophomore season at the University of Pittsburgh, Lane led the NCAA in rebounding. What made this feat so outstanding was Lane stood only 6' 6", but he was a broad body and knew how to get position under the boards. During his three-year tenure at Pittsburgh, the Panthers were a dominant team as they captured the Big East basketball crown twice. Lane was named to the All-Big East team in both his sophomore and junior years. He opted to forgo his senior year and enter the NBA draft. He was selected in the first round as the 23rd pick overall by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the first basketball player from St. Vincent/St. Mary to enter the NBA. He played nearly four seasons with the Nuggets doing what he does best-rebounding. In his first year he hauled in 200 rebounds in 54 games, an average of 3.7. Lane continued his assault on the boards throughout his four seasons with the Nuggets, culminating in his final year with 578 bounds, averaging 9.3 per game. Highlight of Lane's Denver years was a game in 1990 against the Houston Rockets. He scored 19 points, grabbed 27 rebounds against two of the best rebounders in the NBA-Hakim Alajawaun and Otis Thorpe. He ended his NBA career, playing his final year in 1992 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Lane wasn't finished with professional basketball. He joined the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), playing with four teams in five years. In one CBA game, he cleared the boards with 35 rebounds, a single game record for the league. Lane then completed his pro career with a one-year stint in Spain. Lane left his mark in both Spain and the CBA, as he holds game and season rebounding records for both leagues.

Inducted 2003 | Basketball