IBCA Hall of Fame

George Pomey2Name: George Pomey

Year Inducted: 2008

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Mt. Prospect) Prospect High School
(Fox Lake) Grant High School
The University of Michigan
NBA:  St. Louis Hawks

 

 

Biography:   George transferred from Grant High School to (Mt. Prospect) Prospect High School where he started on Prospect's first two varsity teams that won 47 of 51 games (22-2 in 1959-60 and 25-2 in1960-61).  George was the program's first All-State player (Champaign News Gazette in 1960-61) as a senior on the Knights' quintet that ranked as high as No. 2 in the state behind Collinsville High School.  George played for HOF head coach Dick Kinneman.  George's senior season ended in a sudden death OT loss in the IHSA Sectional--the rule was changed the next year.  He then lettered for three seasons at the University of Michigan under head coach Dave Strack (1962-65).  George appeared in 76 career games with 23 career starts for the Wolverines.  He played on 23-5 and 11-3 Big Ten Conference champions that finished No. 2 in regular-season AP and coaches polls and reached NCAA Final Four (1963-64).  George started 20 times on 24-4 and 13-1 Big Ten champs that finished No. 1 in both regular-season national polls and advanced to NCAA championship game vs. UCLA.  H played in eight NCAA tournament games (1964 & 1965).  George was named Second-Team All-Big Ten Academic (1964-65). He became the second Michigan basketball player in history drafted by the NBA (third pick in 15th round by the St. Louis Hawks).