UNLV Athletics to Retire Jerseys of Gondrezick, Theus
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Athletic Department announced that former Runnin' Rebel basketball greats Glen Gondrezick (#25) and Reggie Theus (#23) will have their jerseys retired in a halftime ceremony of the UCLA vs. Runnin' Rebels game on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 9:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Gondrezick and Theus were both instrumental in putting UNLV basketball on the map. The 1976-77 Runnin' Rebels compiled an overall record of 29-3 and advanced to the school's first-ever NCAA Final Four at the Omni in Atlanta. The team was known as the "Hardway Eight." UNLV lost to North Carolina, 84-83 in the semifinal game. The record-setting team dazzled the home crowd at the Las Vegas Convention Center. UNLV established NCAA marks for most points in a season (3,426-averaged 107 ppg), most 100-point games (23) and most consecutive 100-point games (12).
"Gondo", a 1977 honorable mention All-American, played four years (1973-77) and currently ranks 13th on UNLV's all-time scoring list with 1,311 points. He was a 1977 second round draft pick of the NBA's New York Knicks and also played with the Denver Nuggets. Glen has been an analyst for Runnin' Rebel games on radio and television since 1992. "It's a tremendous honor," Gondrezick said. "I'm having my jersey retired with Reggie and it makes it even more special. We were roommates my senior year and we've stayed close friends.
"What we did, no one else had done at UNLV. We worked so hard. We were so exciting to watch. I don't want people to forget the past because we're the ones who started the Runnin' Rebels tradition. My jersey is representing all the guys from the '77 team."
Theus, a 1978 second-team All-American, played three years (1975-78) and currently ranks 19th on UNLV's all-time scoring list with 1,177 points. He was a 1978 first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Chicago Bulls. Reggie enjoyed a successful NBA career playing with Chicago, Kansas City, Sacramento, Atlanta, Orlando and New Jersey. He now works as a studio analyst for NBA broadcasts on Turner Network Television and stars in his own weekly series "Hang Time," which airs Saturday mornings on NBC.
"It's the ultimate honor," Theus said. "If you're not humbled by that, you don't deserve it.
"As far as I'm concerned, they can list the other guys on my jersey when they hoist it up. That team was so special. You couldn't put a better group of individuals together to play basketball. And to go in with Gondo, who was my roommate and my good friend makes it extra special."
Theus will be on hand for UNLV's season opener against Loyola Marymount on Saturday. He will be part of the broadcast team on FOX Sports West 2.
Gondrezick and Theus, along with the 1976-77 Runnin' Rebel basketball team, were all inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
Head coach Bill Bayno informed both players of the good news earlier in the week and the UCLA game will be an exciting night for Runnin' Rebel basketball fans.
"It's great that both guys are so excited about this," Bayno said. "Both are so deserving of this honor. It is the right thing to do."
Gondrezick and Theus will join fellow Runnin' Rebel basketball players Stacey Augmon (#32), Sidney Green (#21) and Larry Johnson (#4).
The remaining list of UNLV athletes retired jerseys include: David Cohen (#10) and Robbie Ryerson (#10) - soccer; Matt Williams (#15) - baseball; Misty Thomas (#4) and Pauline Jordan (#50) - women's basketball; Randall Cunningham (#12) - football. The two former head coaches are Jerry Tarkanian (#2) - men's basketball and Fred Dallimore (#13) - baseball.