Arnie Ferrin is the only four-time All-American in Utah basketball history
March 2, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - Former Utah basketball All-American Arnie Ferrin will be honored at halftime of the Utah-TCU game on Saturday for being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November. The game tips off at 4 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Ferrin was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of its third class during a ceremony at the College Basketball Experience and Sprint Center on Nov. 23. The other players that have been inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame are Charles Barkley, Danny Manning, John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Austin Carr, Dick Groat, Dick Barnett and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Ferrin's No. 22 jersey hangs in the rafters of the Huntsman Center. He was the only four-time All-American in Utah basketball history and was named to Utah Basketball's All-Century Team in 2008.
As an 18-year old freshman out of Ogden High School, Ferrin scored 22 points to lead the Utes to a 42-40 victory over Dartmouth to win the 1944 NCAA Championship. The Utes are also the only team in NCAA Tournament history to win the championship with five freshman starters. Ferrin was named the Most Outstanding Player of the '44 NCAA Tournament, one of only three freshmen to earn that award. He was also honored as the NEA player of the year in 1944. Ferrin also led the Utes to the NIT crown in 1947, defeating Kentucky in the title game.
After graduating from the U. in 1948, Ferrin was named the Most Valuable Player in the annual East-West All-Star game. He played three seasons (1949-51) with the Minneapolis Lakers, helping them win two NBA Championships in 1949 and '51. Ferrin remains one of only two players to be a part of NIT, NCAA and NBA championship teams.
In 1969 he became the Director of Regional Programs for the University of Utah Alumni Association. He served in that position until 1971 when he left to become the General Manager of the ABA's Utah Stars. He returned to the U. in 1974 as an Assistant to the Vice President for University Relations. He held that position until May 1, 1976 when he accepted the job as Utah's Athletics Director.
Off campus, Ferrin was the Chairman of the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee in 1988 for the 50th anniversary tournament, which culminated with the Final Four in Kansas City. Ferrin and has been inducted into Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame. He received an honorable Doctorate degree from the U. in 2005.
Ferrin was first married to the former RoLayne Rasmussen and they had four children: Tres, Bard, Louanne and Shawn. Both RoLayne and Bard are deceased. Ferrin is remarried to Pat Panos. Ferrin now splits his time between his condo in Salt Lake and a home in Palm Springs.