Birdsong was announced Wednesday morning as part of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 class, which features six former standout players and a pair of decorated former coaches. He joins Arkansas’ Sidney Moncrief, Arizona’s Sean Elliott, North Carolina’s Sam Perkins, Morgan State’s Marvin Webster, USC’s Paul Westphal, former Charleston Coach John Kresse and former Oregon Tech Coach Danny Miles.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The Hall of Fame’s 13th induction celebration will be held Nov. 18 in Kansas City.
Birdsong became the third Cougar to earn membership in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Elvin Hayes (2013) and Coach Guy V. Lewis (2007).