NASHVILLE --- Lloyd Neal, a former Tennessee State basketball All-American who went on to play professionally with the Portland Trailblazers, will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 27.
Neal played with the Tigers from 1968-72 and remains as the program's all-time career leader in rebounds with 1,667, averaging 17.9 rebounds a game in his career. He is also fourth on the all-time TSU scoring list with 2,244. He was named All-American in both 1971 and '72.
He helped lead the Tigers to a 95-25 overall record and three trips to the NCAA playoffs in his career. Neal converted 58.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He was selected to play in the 1972 Pizza Hut All-Start Classic for collegiate seniors.
Following his playing days at TSU, he played seven seasons for Portland in the NBA. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team, earned a NBA championships and became the first player in Trailblazers' history to ever have his number retired by the organization.
Neal will join 10 other persons who will be recognized at the annual awards banquet and induction ceremony to be held this year at the Renaissance Hotel. The other inductees are William Lawrence, Andy Roberts, Ken Sparks, June Stewart, John Tucker, Holly Warlick, Reggie White, and Betty Wiseman.