Gary Payton elected to Hall of Fame

Gary Payton elected to Hall of Fame

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CHICAGO - JUNE 16: Gary Payton #20 of the Seattle SuperSonics drives to the basket against Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls during Game Six of the 1996 NBA Finals at the United Center on June 16, 1996 in Chicago Iillinois. The Bulls won 87-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)


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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:26 PM

ATLANTA  -- Former Oregon State and  Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary "The Glove" Payton was among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Payton in the class of 2013 are current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, former NBA stars Bernard King, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis and former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

Payton will join Oregon State coaching legends Amory "Slats" Gill and Ralph Miller in the Hall of Fame, as Gill was inducted in 1968 and Miller was enshrined in 1988, according to an OSU announcement of the award.

"It's an honor to be elected to the Hall of Fame," Payton said. "It shows people respected my game. And it all started at Oregon State with Ralph Miller."

When Payton entered Oregon State in 1986 as a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard from Oakland, Calif., Miller said at the time: "Gary Payton is awfully quick. He is an excellent penetrator and possibly is the point guard type more so than anyone else on the team. He averaged over 10 assists a game in high school, prides himself on the pass and, while he probably shoots just better than average, he can make things happen."

He led the Beavers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, became the school's career leader in points (2,172), assists (938) and steals (321), and was a consensus All-American in 1990 when he was selected Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year.

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September.

Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.

Payton was drafted second in the 1990 draft by the Sonics.

Oregon State Honors
• Selected national Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1990.
• 1990 consensus All-American first team pick.
• 1990 Pac-10 Player of the Year.
• Other 1989-90 honors: Billy Packer's U.S. Army Reserve Player of the Year, L.A. Gear Unstoppable Player of the Year, Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete for the state of Oregon, MVP of the Japan Classic All-Star Tournament.
• Three-time All-Pac-10 selection.
• Pac-10 All-Tournament selection in 1988 and 1989.
• 1987 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
• Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times in his career, more than any player in conference history.
• Three-time MVP of the Far West Classic and the only four-time all-tournament selection.
• Selected to the Pac-10 All-Decade Team for the 1980s.
• OSU jersey (#20) retired during 1996-97 season.
• Inducted into the Oregon State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
• Named to Pac-10 Conference's inaugural Hall of Honor class in 2002.

Oregon State Highlights
• The Pac-12's all-time leader in assists (938) and steals (321).
• Sixth all-time leading scorer in the Pac-12 and all-time leader at Oregon State (2,172 points).
• His 58 points vs. USC on Feb. 22, 1990 set the Oregon State school record and is the third-most ever in Pac-12 history.
• Led Oregon State in scoring in 1988-89 (20.1) and 1989-90 (25.7).
• Ranks second for single-season scoring at Oregon State with 746 points in 1989-90 and seventh with 603 points in 1988-89.
• Finished his Oregon State career with 16 30-point scoring games.
• Led Oregon State in assists and steals all four seasons.
• Holds the top four spots on Oregon State's single-season assists list.
• Set the school record with 15 assists vs. Arizona State (Nov. 30, 1989).
• On Oregon State's all-time leaderboard, holds 10 career, seven single-season, six single-game and five consecutive-game records.