As we at The Daily Eastern News continue to recommend new names for Douglas Hall, where many athletes live, we thought it was appropriate to suggest a name that relates to Eastern athletics.
Kevin Duckworth is one of the most notable basketball players from Eastern and one of two Eastern alums to have played in the NBA, the other being Jay Taylor.
These two combined to play 701 NBA games, with 684 of those belonging to Duckworth.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He was drafted early on in his rookie season to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent a vast majority of his career.
He was named an NBA All Star twice, in the 1988-89 season and 1990-91 seasons.
The 1988-89 season was Duckworth’s best. He set career highs in with 18.1 points and 8 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring that season, trailing only future Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler.
The Trail Blazers appeared in the NBA Finals the following season, where they lost in five games to the Detroit Pistons.
Duckworth started all six games in the series, averaging 15.6 points per game.
He also played with the Washington Bullets and briefly with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers before retiring after the 1996-97 season.
In his time at Eastern, Duckworth averaged 13.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. He ranks sixth in program history with 1,569 points and is Eastern’s all-time leading rebounder with 867.
The team posted a record of 67-54 during Duckworth’s time at Eastern. The Panthers also won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Duckworth’s senior season in 1986, where he was named the tournament MVP.
Duckworth died in 2008 of heart failure at the age of 44.
After his death, the Trail Blazers and Oregon Community Foundation established a memorial scholarship in Duckworth’s name.
When renaming a building on campus where many athletes live, one of Eastern’s most notable athletes is a solid candidate.