M. Basketball: Former Falcon inducted into CCCMBCA Hall of Fame

Former Falcon Tom Tolbert was inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame
Former Falcon Tom Tolbert was inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame

Former Cerritos College men's basketball State Player of the Year Tom Tolbert was inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame. Tolbert, who played for the Falcons during the 1985-86 season, was elected to the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame for his contributions to basketball on the court and in front of the camera.

Although he played just one season, Tolbert made an immediate impact at Cerritos College during the 1985-86 season. That year, Tolbert led the Falcons to a 29-3 record and averaged 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds a game and a #1-seed for the Southern California Regional Playoffs. Tolbert was also named the state's Co-Player of the Year, as well as the South Coast Conference Player of the Year. Tolbert's coaches that season, Jack Bogdanovich and Dean Ackland, are also members of the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame.

Tom Tolbert was inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame He parlayed that season into a scholarship to play for Lute Olson and the University of Arizona. While with the Wildcats, Tolbert led the team in field goal percentage (51.1) his junior year, as they team went 18-12 and lost, 98-91 to UTEP in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. As a senior, Tolbert started all 38 games and averaged 14.1 points a game, while shooting 54.7% from the field and leading them with an 81.2 free throw percentage. Arizona went 35-3 on the year and reached the Final Four, where they fell, 86-78 to the University of Oklahoma. Tolbert was named NCAA All-West Regional, as well as to the PAC-10 All-Tournament Team that season.

Upon completion of his Wildcat career, he was invited to the 1988 US Olympic Trials. In 1988, Tolbert was a 2nd Round NBA (34th overall) pick by the Charlotte Hornets and went on to play for the Golden State Warriors (1989-92), Orlando Magic (1992-93), Los Angeles Clippers (1993-94), along with his two stints in Charlotte (1988 & 1994-95). Tolbert also spent one season playing for Canarias (1988-89) of the Spanish League.

Upon his retirement from the NBA, Tolbert was hired by San Francisco-based sports radio station KNBR and served as the co-host of The Razor and Mr. T show in 1996. After the show was changed to The Mr. T Show in 2012, it became the Mr. T. and Ratto show in 2004. Currently the color commentator for the Warriors since 2012, Tolbert has also worked in front of the camera and was a color commentator for NBA games on NBC and was nominated for an Emmy in 2002. From 2002-07, Tolbert worked for ESPN and called the NBA Finals for ABC.