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Syracuse men’s basketball: Dave Bing to join SU Athletics Ring of Honor on Jan. 27

Bing’s legacy revolves around his productive playing career and his work outside of basketball.

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Syracuse Orange men’s basketball alumnus and Basketball Hall of Fame member Dave Bing will join the Syracuse Athletics Ring of Honor on Saturday, January 27 when the program takes on the NC State Wolfpack at the JMA Wireless Dome.

The Ring of Honor was established in 2020 to honor the most outstanding student-athletes or coaches from Syracuse University.

Bing, who played 76 games for the Syracuse men’s basketball team from 1964 to 1966, reenergized what was then a struggling program into the spotlight. Bing averaged 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and led the team in scoring in all three seasons, a stretch which saw Syracuse go 52-24 overall and a trip to the Elite Eight in 1966.

That same year, Bing averaged 28.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game and was a consensus first-team All-American guard. He later played 12 seasons in the NBA with Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics after being drafted 2nd overall in the 1966 NBA Draft.

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Bing in 1990. He was one of 75 NBA players selected for the league’s 75th Anniversary Team.

After his playing career came to a close, Bing became a well-known public figure and turned into a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician. He was the president and chairman of The Bing Group, an automotive company in Detroit, for over 25 years. He received the Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award from President Ronald Reagan. After his career in business, Bing was elected mayor for the city of Detroit in 2009 and served one term.

Currently, Bing is a leader of the Bing Youth Institute, a nonprofit organization which mentors fatherless Black children in Detroit.

“Dave Bing’s career at Syracuse, the NBA, as a business leader, as Mayor of Detroit and now as leader of the Bing Youth Institute is one of tremendous achievement and impact,” John Wildhack, SU Director of Athletics, wrote in a Thursday press release. “Dave’s induction into the Ring of Honor is incredibly well deserved and provides Orange fans the opportunity to honor a truly remarkable person.”

Bing will become the eighth member of the Ring of Honor, joining Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, Jim Boeheim (a former teammate of Bing), Ben Schwartzwalder and Roy Simmons Jr.

Tip-off between Syracuse and NC State is on Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m.