TOM BRIAN (1951-54)– in memoriam - inducted in 2015
Became the 12th individual inducted into the Hall of Fame, and first to be inducted into both the Coaches’ Circle wing of the Hall of Fame, and individually as a player into the Hall of Fame…named the Sacramento State team MVP during both the 1952-53 and 1953-54 seasons…led the Hornets to a combined record of 41-27 during his three years with the program…finished his career averaging 10.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting .476 from the field and .783 from the free throw line…averaged 3.8 free throw attempts per game…member of the first Far Western Conference team in 1953-54, a league that Sacramento State would play in for 30 years…turned the ball over just eight times in 30 games during his junior season…helped the 1952-53 team to 11 straight wins, the second longest winning streak in school history…that team finished with an 18-8 record, tied for the fourth most wins in program history.
DAMOND EDWARDS (1992-97) - inducted in 2009
During his four-year career with the Hornets, Edwards averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game…one of the best players in the program’s Div. I era (1991-pres.), Edwards ranks among Sacramento State’s top 10 Div. I career leaders in points (1,197), field goals (428), field goals attempted (1,144), three-pointers (162), three-pointers attempted (506), rebounds (398), assists (243), steals (123), games played (106), starts (73) and minutes (2,588)…his 1,197 points are the ninth best mark in the Sacramento State’s history…played for the Harlem Globetrotters in 1997-98, becoming the only Sacramento State player to ever play for the Globetrotters…a two-time all-conference selection, Edwards averaged double figures in points each of his final three years.
DON FAUSSET (1956-59) - inducted in 2009
Averaged 8.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game during his three-year career…was a second team all-conference selection in 1958-59…during his tenure, the Hornets never finished worse than third place in the Far Western Conference, including a league championship in 1959 (the first conference title in school history)…the Hornets combined for a 21-9 record in conference during his three seasons with the team…helped the Hornets to the 1959 NCAA College Division Regionals, one of four times in school history the Hornets reached the NCAA Tournament (1959, 1962, 1970, 1988)…never lost to UC Davis during his career (7-0)…the Hornets won those seven games over the Aggies by an average of 13.4 points per game…shot 52.1 percent (73-140) from the field during his senior year.
DaSHAWN FREEMAN (2002-06) - inducted in 2010
Four-year starter at point guard and a two-time Big Sky all-conference selection, including first team and the league’s defensive player of the year during his senior season (2005-06)…Sacramento State’s all-time leader in steals (283) and steals per game (2.5)…also tied for second in games played (115)…among Big Sky Conference career leaders, he ranks first all-time in steals and eighth in assists…finished career with averages of 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game…scored 992 points, just eight shy of becoming the 10th player in school history to amass 1,000 points…never missed a game during his four-year career…shot better than 80.0 percent from the free throw line during his tenure (.801, 269-for-336)..finished tied for ninth in the nation in 2004-05 in steals per game (2.9).
LOREN LEATH (2005-09) - inducted in 2016
A 6-foot-2 guard, Leath is the program’s third all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,489 points during his four seasons…ranks among the program’s top 20 players in 11 different categories, including third in scoring and field goals made (526), fourth in 3-pointers made (240), tied for sixth in games played (112), eighth in minutes (2,870) and 10th in steals (112)…the 1,489 points are also the most by any player during the team’s Div. I era (1991-pres.)…averaged better than 11 points per game all four seasons and missed just four games during his career…a two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection, Leath’s 41 points at Northern Colorado in 2008 remain the best single-game mark in the program’s Div. I era…buried over 50 3-pointers all four years…averaged 15.6 points per game as a senior.
LYNN LIVIE (1964-66) – in memoriam - inducted in 2009
The greatest scorer in program history, Livie averaged 27.8 points per game during his two seasons in with the Hornets…that included 1,447 points over those two years…averaged 25.7 ppg in 1964-65, and 30.0 ppg in 1965-66…one of just two Hornets to average more than 22.0 points in a season, and he did it both years of his Hornet career…was a unanimous first team all-Far Western Conference selection both seasons…named honorable mention All-America in 1965, becoming one of four All-Americans in school history…as a senior, he scored a school-record 51 points in a 114-107 win over San Francisco State…despite playing just two years, he ranks second in school history in field goals made (575), fifth in points scored (1,447) and sixth in free throws made (297).
CHUCK MOBLEY (1955-59) – in memoriam - inducted in 2009
Averaged 18.3 points per game during his four-year career, the fourth-best mark in school history…that included averages of 17.5 ppg as a freshman, 14.8 ppg as a sophomore, 18.0 ppg as a junior and 21.7 ppg as a senior…named first team all-Far Western Conference every year of his career…led the Hornets to the 1959 NCAA College Division Regionals, one of four times in school history the Hornets reached the NCAA Tournament…that included the first conference championship in school history in 1959…easily the school’s all-time leader with 511 free throws made…averaged 7.9 free throw attempts per game and shot 77.8 percent (511-657) from the charity stripe…also among program career leaders, he ranks first in free throws attempted (657) and second in points (1,517).
JAMEEL PUGH (2003-05) - inducted in 2009
Averaged 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 41.0 percent (224-546) from the field and 37.1 percent (73-197) from the three-point line…a first team all-conference selection in 2004-05 after averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game…also during that senior season, he scored at least 24 points in four of his last five games of the year, and had seven 20-point games over his final 10 contests…at the time, he became just the fourth Hornet to receive first team all-Big Sky honors…a transfer from UMass, he helped put Sacramento State on the map after finishing as the runner-up at ESPN’s nationally televised College Slam Dunk Championship in 2005 in St. Louis…named the World’s Best Dunker in 2000 and the 33rd-best dunker of all-time by Slam Magazine.
GREG REED (1966-69) - inducted in 2009
The only Sacramento State player to be drafted into the NBA, he was selected by the San Francisco Warriors in the ninth round in 1969…started 75 games during his three seasons, tallying 892 points and 736 rebounds over that span…averaged 12.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game over his career…an honorable mention all-Far Western Conference selection as a sophomore after leading the team in both scoring (362 points, 14.5 ppg) and rebounding (209 rebounds, 8.4 rpg)…always one of the team’s top defensive players, he usually drew the assignment of guarding the opponent’s top scorer…averaged double-doubles during both his junior and senior seasons…that included averages of 11.1 points and 10.1 rebounds in 1967-68, and 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in 1968-69.
NATE ROBINSON (1976-78) - inducted in 2009
Finished his two-year career with averages of 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 50.3 percent (363-725) from the field and 69.8 percent (166-238) from the free throw line…scored 896 points in just two years, including an 18.9 ppg average as a senior…led the Hornets to a Far Western Conference co-championship in 1976-77 and a tie for second place in the conference in 1977-78…named the Far Western’s co-Player of the Year in 1976-77, and was a first team all-conference performer both years…as a senior, he led the team in scoring 12 times and rebounding 13 times…among the program’s all-time leaders, he ranks ninth in both rebounds and rebounds per game…his 18.9 points per game during his senior season is the 12th best single-season mark in school history.
NORM SIEKFIN (1966-68) – in memoriam - inducted in 2010
Named all-conference both years with the Hornets…had one of the best seasons in Sacramento State history in 1967-68 when he averaged 19.5 points and 14.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.6 percent (194-416) from the field…the 14.2 rebounds are the fourth-best single-season mark in school history and the 19.5 points are the ninth best mark…over his two-year career, he averaged a double-double, finishing with 14.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.2 percent (280-581) from the field…during his two seasons, Sacramento State combined to post a 31-21 overall record and a 19-9 mark in the Far Western Conference…averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 1966-67…played during Hall of Fame head coach Ev Shelton’s final two seasons with the Hornets.
MITCH THIRD (1969-70) - inducted in 2016
A 6-foot-6 forward, Third played one season for Sacramento State in 1969-70 after transferring from Kansas State…that year, he led the Hornets to the 1970 NCAA Div. II Tournament, one of four trips to the NCAA’s postseason event in school history…averaged 16.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while being named honorable mention All-America, Far Western Conference MVP, first team all-West Coast, all-tournament at the West Regionals and the Most Outstanding Basketball Athlete in the city of Sacramento…he remains one of just four All-Americans in program history (1948-pres.)…that 1969-70 team also won the school’s third-ever conference championship, had a school-record 12-game winning streak and finished the year with a 17-11 overall record and 10-2 mark in league.
BILL WHITAKER (1960-62) - inducted in 2010
Despite playing just two seasons (1960-61, 1961-62), Whitaker is the program’s all-time leader in career rebounds (984)…the next closest player has 248 less rebounds…averaged 17.3 rebounds per game during his two seasons, the only player in Sacramento State history to average more than 14.1 rebounds over the course of his career…helped lead Sacramento State to the 1962 NCAA College Division national championship game, where the team fell in double overtime (58-57) to Mount Saint Mary’s…finished his career with averages of 7.2 points and 17.3 rebounds per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field…averaged 19.3 rebounds per game in 1960-61, and 16.2 rebounds in 1961-62…finished seventh in the nation in rebounds in 1960-61…also competed in football and track and field for Sacramento State.
ALEX WILLIAMS (1986-88) - inducted in 2009
During his two-year career, he averaged 21.4 points and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor (424-992) and 45.7 percent (247-541) from the three-point line…in 1987-88, he was named second team All-America by the Basketball Times Magazine and third team All-America by the National Basketball Coaches Association…as a senior, he averaged 25.6 points (7th in the nation) and 5.6 three-pointers (1st in the nation)…made 167 three-pointers as a senior, still the best mark in NCAA Div. II history…two-year average of 4.3 three-pointers made per game is the fourth best mark in Div. II history…program’s all-time leader in career three-pointers per game (4.3) and three-point percentage (.457)…helped lead Sacramento State to its last NCAA Tournament appearance in 1987-88.
1987-88 TEAM - inducted in 2011
The 1987-88 squad was inducted into the Sacramento State Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2011. The evening featured the induction of all 13 players from the team as well as head coach Joseph Anders, assistant coaches Gus Armstead and Mike Verbitsky, equipment manager Jimmie Jones and athletic trainer Joe Ramos. The 1987-88 squad became the second team inducted into the Sacramento State men’s basketball hall of fame (joining the 1961-62 national runner-up team). The 1987-88 squad finished 22-8 (most wins in school history) and was the last Hornet men’s hoops team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the 32-team Div. II field. That year, the Hornets finished seventh in the nation with an average of 93.1 points per game, still the most in school history. In addition, the team led the nation in 3-pointers (school-record 303, average of 10.1 per game) and posted arguably the biggest win in school history when it beat a Texas A&M squad that reached the NCAA Div. I Tournament a year earlier. The Hornets scored at least 100 points a school-record seven times while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from the three-point line. PLAYERS: Larry Brown, Tristan Buckingham, Rick Campbell, Chris Farr, Brad Jorgenson, Henry King, Robert “Money” Martin, Sean McClendon, Grover Perry, Mike Scholl, Sean Smartt, Alex Williams and Bruce Woodard.
1961-62 TEAM - inducted in 2008
The inaugural Sacramento State Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction took place on Oct. 30, 2008. The night featured the induction of all 11 players from the 1961-62 squad and head coach Ev Shelton into the Sacramento State Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The 1961-62 team became the first-ever class inducted into the men's basketball program’s Hall of Fame. The team finished as the College Division national runner-up after losing to Mount Saint Mary’s, 58-57, in double overtime in the 1962 NCAA national championship game in Evansville, Ind. Upon returning to Sacramento, the team was welcomed by more than 1,000 fans at the airport, and taken on a caravan through downtown Sacramento. TEAM MEMBERS: Head coach Everett “Ev” Shelton (in memoriam), Bill Baker, John Dille, Jim Greene, John Hagerty, Les Kuhnz, Bob McCoy, Tom Pugliese (in memoriam), Ron Rohrer (in memoriam), Paul Smith, Howard Thomas and Bill Whitaker.
JACK FORD - CENTER COURT AWARD, SPECIAL RECOGNITION - inducted in 2010
Jack Ford has been a fan and/or booster of the men’s basketball program since 1967...organized the first-ever fan-based booster club at Sacramento State in 1985, and served as president of the club for 15 consecutive years...helped raise funds for Sacramento State’s first-ever basketball scholarships awarded during the 1985-86 season...re-energized Sacramento State’s 6th Man Club, a fundraising arm for the men’s basketball program, in 2006...became the 6th Man Club’s president in 2008, helping to boost the club’s membership from 22 to over 100 members...that year (2008-09), the 6th Man Club raised more money than the previous 12 years combined...organized the Hornet Men’s Basketball Alumni & Friends Chapter for the Sacramento State Alumni Association.