MAC Player of the Year Webber to Go Into the Hall Friday

Leading up to the Friday, October 26 CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, members of the Class of 2012 will be periodically featured with an article on Friday evening's event is free of charge and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. in McGuirk Arena.

When David Webber finished his Central Michigan University basketball career he was known as a scorer.

But, the four-year starter began his career as a defender.

"David threw himself in the mix right away," head coach Jay Smith said.  "He wasn't the tallest player or the best athlete, but he would guard you."

Webber found himself in the starting lineup as a rookie, along with fellow high school classmate Mike Manciel.  The two teamed up to lead the Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets to three Michigan High School Athletic Association state championships.

With Webber focusing on the defensive end of the floor it was Manciel who led the Chippewas in scoring that year en route to MAC Freshman of the Year honors.

However, a broken foot sidelined Manciel for their sophomore year and that opened the door for Webber to take over.

And David burst through it. 

The 6-2 guard averaged a career-best 19.2 points per game as a sophomore while draining 67 three-pointers.  He was named honorable mention All-MAC after finishing third in the league in scoring.

"David had a great work ethic," Smith said.  "He loved to work hard and he loved to play the game.  He was a determined individual who would do anything to get where he wanted to go.  He spent countless hours in the gym.  Now, a lot of people say they put in a lot of hours in the gym, but he did because he had to.  He wasn't a tremendous shooter and he had to work on that.  It was his knack for scoring that made him successful."

Webber put on a show in Rose Arena on Feb. 24, 2000, when he tallied an arena record 51 points against Ball State, breaking the old mark of 45 set by Indiana State's Larry Bird.  It was the most points scored by an individual in regulation in the country that season and was the second-highest single-game output in CMU history.

As a junior, Webber was named MAC Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring with 19.2 points per game and guiding the Chippewas to the MAC regular season title.  He was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American and one of 16 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award.

CMU recorded 20 wins for just the sixth time in program history that year while completing a worst-to-first turnaround in the league standings.  Central rattled off 11 straight wins during the regular season while jumping out to a commanding lead in the standings.

Webber finished his career in 2002 with honorable mention All-MAC honors for the second time after averaging 17.7 points per game while ranking sixth in the MAC.

David finished his career with 1,774 career points to rank third in Chippewa annals behind only Hall of Famers Melvin "Sugar" McLaughlin (2,071) and Dan Majerle (2,055).  His career average of 16.3 points per game ranked 10th while his 183 three-point field goals were second.

Following his collegiate career, Webber attended training camp with the NBA's Sacramento Kings and played in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball League.

These days he lives in Atlanta, Ga., where he is the executive music producer and co-radio host of the Chris Webber Show on Sirius XM Radio.

For his efforts on the court, Webber will be inducted into the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 26, in a ceremony at McGuirk Arena. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition, the induction class will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-Akron football game on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Also being honored as part of the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Allison Campbell (women's soccer; 2000-01), Craig Fuller (cross country/track and field; 1982-2008), Carleton Kinkade (wrestling; 1984-88), Hope Robertshaw (softball, 1998-2001) and Kevin Young (baseball; 1992-94).

Don Helinski is a Hall of Fame committee member and former CMU Sports Information Director.
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