Jim Bond

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Jim Bond, Pasadena College

Led Pasadena College to two NAIA District 3 Championships (1957 & 1958).  Two-time NAIA All-American 1956 & 1958.  Averaged 19.5 points and 19.1 rebounds for his college career.  In his two games of the 1958 NAIA National Tournament, Bond averaged 23.5 points and 21.5 rebounds.

 

As a sophomore, he was selected both Most Promising Young Player and MVP of the 1956 National AAU Tournament in an Olympic year. Bond held B.H. Born (University of Kansas 6'9" center and MVP of the 1953 NCAA Tournament) to 4 points and held Don Schlundt (Indiana University 6'10" center and 3-time All-American) to 1 point, while going for 17 points and 20 rebounds. 

 

Bond was a member of the Phillips 66ers that won the 1956 Olympic Trials.  66ers coach Gerald Tucker was named Olympic coach and requested that team members not named to the Olympic squad travel to Melbourne, Australia, as part of the U.S. Basketball contingent for the 1956 Olympics. After his college career, Bond was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers, yet turned down an opportunity to play professional basketball to go to seminary and study for the ministry.

                   

Bond is a member of five Hall of Fames: Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Pasadena College Hall of Fame, Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.