1944-45 DePaul University Men’s Team

Year Inducted: 1978

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: DePaul University

Biography: The 1944-45 DePaul Men’s basketball team, captained by the legendary George Mikan, ran to a 21-3 record, which included a 71-54 victory over Bowling Green University for the National Invitational Tournament Championship.  Mikan, only a junior, averaged 23.3 points per game.  Other starters were “Whitey” Kachan, Gene Stump, Jack Allen and Ernie DeBenedetto.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Manager Kolker, Nick Comerford, Whitey Kachan, Jack Phelan, George Mikan, Coach Ray Meyer, NIT Official Ted Furman, Tom Niemera, Vern LaRoche.

Front Row (L to R): Tom Riordan, Ed Mikan, Ernie DeBenedetto, Jack Allen, Gene Stump.