Thunderbird Basketball has been home to some of the finest Native American basketball players from around the nation. The Thunderdome, home to Thunderbird Basketball, is one of the most difficult places to play in the conference for opposing teams and is the source of a true home-court advantage for the program.

The John Thunder Hawk Classic is celebrated each year in memory of John and the Thunder Hawk family, friends of Thunderbird Athletics since the beginning of the programs.