Earl Monroe, Philadelphia basketball great, has been inducted into the national Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Monroe, a Bartram High product, starred for Hall of Fame head coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines at Winston-Salem State.
His ballhandling and shooting skills entertained the fans as he led Winston-Salem State to the NCAA Division II championship in 1967. He averaged an amazing 41.5 points a game. He was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
In addition to playing for Winston-Salem State, Monroe had a great NBA career. Monroe, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, was the second pick overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1967 NBA draft. He played four seasons for the Bullets. In 1971, he was traded to the New York Knicks. In 1973, Monroe helped the Knicks win an NBA championship.
Monroe was also a huge star in the Charles Baker League. The man known as “The Pearl” and “Black Magic” used to regularly put on a show in the Baker League during the summer months. In 1990, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame with some outstanding individuals such as Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Willis Reed of Grambling State, Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming, Phil Ford of North Carolina, coaches Joe B. Hall of Kentucky, Dave Robbins of Virginia Union and contributors Jim Host and Joe Dean.