John Baum, one of Temple's all-time great men's basketball players and currently its radio color analyst, has been inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Baum is part of the 20-member class, featuring male and female student-athletes from all sports teams sponsored by the league.
"First and foremost I want to recognize our coaches Harry Litwack
, Jay Norman, Don Casey and Skip Wilson, and my teammates," said Baum. "Any accolades and accomplishments I earned are a true reflection on my Temple family."
A three-time all-Philadelphia Big 5 selection, Baum is one of five Temple players to score over 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He tallied 1,544 points, currently 14th on the school's all-time list, with his 17.9 scoring average ranking sixth. His 1,042 rebounds stood as the school record for 42 years until Lavoy Allen, currently with the NBA's Indiana Pacers, eclipsed the mark in 2011. Playing only three seasons, Baum compiled a 12.1 rebound average, good for third best in school annals.
Baum's best season at Temple was his senior season, where he averaged career bests of 19.3 points and 13.3 rebounds. That year he served as the team captain for the Owls that won the 1969 National Invitation Tournament. Baum scored 30 points in the championship game to lead Temple to an 89-76 victory over Boston College.
Following his outstanding collegiate career, Baum was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and in the first round by the Los Angeles Stars (ABA) in 1969. He played in the NBA for three seasons with the Chicago Bulls (1969-1972) before competing in the ABA for three years with the New Jersey Nets (1972-1974) and the Indiana Pacers (1974-1975).
Baum joins Temple's legendary backcourt of Guy Rodgers and Hal Lear as the only Owls to be inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame (inducted in 1978), and the Temple Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 1979).Full MAC Release