Jim Pollard
Class: 1942
Sport: Men's Basketball
Position: ---
Stanford: 1938-1942
Despite not playing in the 1942 NCAA Tournament championship game because of the flu, Pollard was still the tournament's leading scorer with 43 points and was a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He earned 1942 first-team All-American and scored a tournament-high 26 points in Stanford's 53-47 opening-round NCAA Tournament victory over Rice on Mar. 20, 1942 and he poured in 17 points the following night in a 46-35 victory over Colorado. Pollard led Stanford in scoring during the 1941-42 season at 10.5 points per game in 23 contests and joined the NCAA championship team after being a member of the 1940-41 freshman squad. Later he played professional basketball with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1947-55, where he averaged 13.1 points per game and was a four-time NBA All-Star. Nicknamed "The Kangaroo Kid" because of his extraordinary leaping ability, Pollard was reported to having been able to touch the top of the backboard and dunk from the foul line, predating today's athletic players.