College To Honor John Thompson, Jim Hadnot and Andrea Mangum

Nov. 20, 2014

Friar Legends will have their numbers raised to the rafters at halftime of the men's basketball game on Feb. 14 vs. Seton Hall and the women's basketball game on March 1 vs. Georgetown. College also will honor longtime play-by-play broadcaster the late Chris Clark.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Saturday, February 14, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players John Thompson `64 and the late Jim Hadnot `62 and women's basketball player Andrea Mangum `90 will be honored at the men's home game that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Thompson #50, Hadnot #54 and Mangum #25). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony during a men's game and a women's games. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On February 14, the Friar men's team will play Seton Hall at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 4:00 p.m. The Friar women's basketball team will play Georgetown in Mullaney Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. on March 1. Also during the ceremony at the halftime on Feb. 14, the College will honor long-time former Friar radio and television play-by-play broadcaster the late Chris Clark.

On February 13, the Providence College Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor Thompson, Hadnot and Mangum. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Fans wishing to purchase tickets to the basketball games to see the halftime ceremonies should visit or call 401-865-GOPC. Fans that would like to purchase tickets to the dinner to honor Thompson, Hadnot and Mangum on Friday, February 13 should call Alex Vescera at 401-865-1756.

The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence.



Thompson and Hadnot will become the 12th and 13th members of the Friar men's basketball family to be honored as part of the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. Lenny Wilkens `60 was the first PC player to have his number retired in 1996. In 2007, the College honored former coaches Joe Mullaney and Dave Gavitt. In 2008, Jimmy Walker `67, Marvin Barnes `74 and Ernie DiGregorio `73 had their numbers retired. In 2009, the College honored John Egan'61 as his number was retired. In 2011, Ray Flynn `63 and Vinnie Ernst `63 were honored. The most recent Friars to earn the honor were Kevin Stacom `74 and Joe Hassett `77 in 2014.

Thompson, a native of Washington, D.C., was one of the top players ever at Providence College. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. During his career at Providence, he scored 1,520 points (19.2 ppg) and grabbed 1,061 rebounds (13.4 rpg) in three seasons of action (freshmen were not eligible to compete on the varsity team). Thompson is one of only six players in the history of Friar basketball to score more than 1,000 points and register more than 1,000 rebounds. He helped lead the Friars to the 1963 NIT title after he averaged 18.9 points and 14.0 rebounds. He was named to the 1963 NIT All-Tournament Team and earned All-New England honors. As a senior, Thompson earned First Team All-America accolades after he averaged 26.2 points and 14.5 rebounds. In addition to All-America honors, he also earned New England Player of the Year, All-East, ECAC All-Star, and East-West All-Star accolades. At the end of his senior year, he held Friar records for points, scoring average and field goal percentage. Currently, Thompson ranks third all-time in rebounding (13.4 rpg, 1,061 rebounds), ninth in field goal percentage (.531, 584-1,100) and 14th in scoring (1,520 points). He was selected in the third round of the 1964 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played two seasons in the NBA, helping the Celtics capture two NBA titles (1965 and 1966). In addition to his great career at Providence College, Thompson served as the head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team for 27 seasons (1972-99). During that time, he won one NCAA title (1984) and posted a 596-239 mark (.714). Thompson also served as the head coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, which won a Bronze Medal.

At 6-feet, 10-inches tall, Hadnot was the first big-name, big man to attend Providence College. He was one of the nation's top schoolboy basketball players. He was a native of McClymonds, Calif. In three seasons at Providence College he scored 1,467 points and grabbed 1,299 rebounds while helping the Friars post a 69-16 record (.810). Hadnot graduated as the College's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. His 15.5 rebound per game career average and his 1,299 boards both rank second all-time at Providence. After a strong sophomore season (14.8 ppg, 16.3 rpg), Hadnot helped the Friars capture their first NIT title in 1961 when he averaged 19.3 points and 16.4 rebounds per game as a junior. His 16.4 rebounds per game average ranked fifth in the nation and is the third highest single season average all-time at Providence. As a senior, Hadnot led the Friars to another NIT appearance when he averaged 18.3 points and 13.5 rebounds. Hadnot recieved Honorable Mention All-America accolades as a junior and senior. He also was named All-New England honors each of his three seasons of action. He was selected 25th overall in the 1962 NBA Draft.

Mangum will become the third player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the fourth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored.

Mangum, who played for the Friars from 1986-90, is one of three players in program history to record 1,000 or more points and 1,000 or more rebounds for the Friars. She currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring with 1,679 points and is second all-time in career rebounding with 1,063 boards. Mangum led Providence in rebounding during each of her four seasons on the team. In 1990, Mangum led the Friars to the BIG EAST Tournament title and remains the only player in program history to earn BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player honors. During her career, Mangum was a two-time KODAK District I All-America selection (1989, 1990). She also was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team as a senior in 1990 and was a member of the Second Team in 1989. Mangum earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team during each of those seasons as well. As a freshman in 1987, Mangum was a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honoree.


Official Store
Official Online
Tickets Here



Follow us!

Friar Athletics
Social Media