Albany, N.Y. - The Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame will induct a class that includes former University at Albany head coach Richard "Doc" Sauers and a pair of standout UAlbany players, Jason Graber and Lucious Jordan, on Sunday, June 27. Contact Rene M. LeRoux, at 518-877-5170 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for tickets or more information.
Sauers, one of the winningest coaches in the history of college basketball, led the UAlbany program to 11 NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1994, and four NAIA tournaments. His 41-season career at the school ended with his retirement as basketball coach on March 10, 1997. UAlbany also won two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships in 1978 and 1989. Sauers, who was chosen the 1985 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, finished his career with a 702-330 record. He was enshrined into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and became a member of the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Graber, who played for the Great Danes from 1990-94, earned All-America, All-East and All-ECAC recognition. He is among the school's all-time scorers with 1,608 points, while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 82.5 percent from the line. He led the 1993-94 squad to a school-record 25-3 campaign and a NCAA Division III Elite Eight appearance. Graber averaged 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds as a senior. A native of Pattersonville, N.Y., Graber earned first-team all-area recognition at Schalmont High School. He was inducted into the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Jordan led the Great Danes to the 2006 America East Conference regular-season and tournament championships. He was named to the all-championship squad after averaging 15.6 points in the postseason. UAlbany went on to make its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and played a memorable first-round game against Connecticut. As a junior, Jordan averaged 14.8 points when he was named to the all-conference second team. A native of Albany, N.Y., Jordan played at Colonie Central High School where he received second-team all-state and first-team all-area honors.