Published Saturday, December 29, 2012 AT 3:15 PM / Updated at 3:15 PM
Lue to enter NU hall of fame (and it’s about time)
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald


In something that should have happened long ago, former Nebraska All-Big Eight point guard Tyronn Lue will be inducted into the NU basketball hall of fame at halftime of the Feb. 16 game against Michigan State.

Lue, arguably the best player in school history, should have had a banner put up shortly after he left a year early for the NBA in 1998 and was a first-round draft choice.

The 6-footer from Mexico, Mo., is in the Husker top 10 in 13 statistical categories, and is the only player in the all-time top 10 scoring chart who played less than four seasons.

As a senior, Lue averaged 21.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in leading the Huskers to their most recent NCAA tourney appearance.

During his 11-year NBA career, he was part of two title-winning teams with the Los Angeles Lakers. He now is an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.

Others to be honored that weekend are Athletic Director Tom Osborne with the Bud Cuca Special Merit Award for his support of NU basketball and all-time school scoring leader Dave Hoppen with the Whitehead Distinguished Alumni Award.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at