Basketball Legend and Education Innovator, Jerry Lucas to be featured speaker at Men’s Prayer Breakfast 7 a.m. Nov. 11 at Bucyrus Community Hospital Cafeteria. Jerry Lucas is one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game. Lucas is one of only three players in history to win championships at every level (high school, college, NBA, Olympics); was named one of the Top Fifty players in NBA history; and one of the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Players. However, it is his work off the court that he is most passionate about.
Before becoming “Dr. Memory TM”, the leading authority on memory training learning systems, Lucas became a legend on the hardwood. It started in high school in Middletown, OH. He was the only three-time Ohio High School Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All-American and a two-time National Player of the Year. His team won two State Championships and amassed an incredible 76 game winning streak.
While every university in the country was vying for his talents, Lucas stayed at home to play for Ohio State and the legend grew. He was a three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Player of the Year while leading Ohio State to a national Championship in 1960. With an unmatched combination of scoring and rebounding prowess, Lucas was the only player to lead the nation in rebounding and field goal percentage three times; was the only player to have 30 points and 30 rebounds in an NCAA tournament game, as well as the only player to ever achieve those astounding numbers against a UCLA team coached by the great John Wooden.
Lucas closed out his amazing collegiate career twice being named National Player of the Year; as leading rebounder in Big Ten History; a three-time First Team All-American, and in what seemed to be a foreshadowing of the future, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio State. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Lucas one of the five most outstanding college basketball players in the 20th century when he was named to their Team of the Ages.
The greatest on the court continued when he represented our country in the 1960 Olympic Games. Lucas helped Team USA capture the gold medal as he led in scoring and rebounding. Lucas holds the Olympic field goal percentage mark at an astounding 84% shooting.
The next stop for Lucas was the national Basketball Association as he continued to shine. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year for the 1963-64 season with the Cincinnati Royals. While playing in his home state, he was one of the league’s most popular players, and one of its best. When Cleveland was trying to secure an NBA franchise, they had the Royals play several games in the city due to Lucas’ popularity and that, ultimately, helped Cleveland secure the Cavaliers as an expansion franchise.
During his career Lucas was a 7-time All-Pro, was the NBA All-Star Game MVP and the only forward in league history to pull down 40 rebounds in a game. In 1973, he became a member of the New York Knicks World Championship team. He retired from the game with time remaining on his contract to pursue his passion of education. Lucas was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Lucas’ passion for education and memory was evident from childhood and grew throughout his life. As a boy, he constantly challenged himself with mental games to test his memory. He learned early on that the key to being a successful student took knowing not only how to learn, but also how to retain that learned information.
Lucas a self-described “Mad Scientist” when it comes to learning and education, developed a system known as The Lucas Learning System TM” and has earned his the title of Dr. Memory TM. Through the years, he has taught his memory retention and learning system to millions through seminars, appearances and through sales of his books and CD’s. The Memory Book, which he co-authored, was a New york Times Best-Seller and sold over 3.5 million copies.
Dr. Memory TM is now widely regarded as the world’s leading authority in memory training and learning systems. Lucas’ proven methods encompass his concept know as Learning That Lasts TM.
Today, Lucas is taking his learning and memory system to a new level with Dr. M’s Universe TM. This interactive web-based digital platform is geared towards making learning fund and easy for kids and adults.
This prayer breakfast is being hosted by Woodlawn United Methodist Church Pastor Tom Gruver.