Richard J. Valavicius
(Owens Cross Roads, Ala. resident)
He starred in basketball at Hammond High during the 1970s, gaining
all-state recognition as a forward during the 1974-75 season for
the 22-2 Wildcats. As a 3-year varsity starter, he earned all-Indiana
Lake Shore Conference, all-sectional and all-regional honors, scored
1,312 career points and compiled a career scoring average of 17.7.
He accepted a basketball scholarship to Indiana University and played
on the Hoosiers’ ‘75-76 unbeaten national championship
squad. After the ’76-77 season he transferred to Auburn University,
where he starred for 2 years as a double-figure scorer and served
as team captain. He was a 7th round draft pick of the National Basketball
Association’s Houston Rockets and Washington Bullets after
his junior and senior seasons, respectively. He is a schoolteacher
and retired basketball coach in Huntsville, Ala.