Five Individuals, One Team Headed To UNLV Hall|
July 23, 2002
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame, which was born in 1987, will welcome another stellar class this fall with induction scheduled for Friday, September 6, which will coincide with the Rebels' football game vs. Kansas the following evening.
The ceremonies, presented by the UNLV Alumni Association, will take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 and awards presentation one hour later. For further information or for tickets, which are $100 apiece or $1,000 for a table of 10, call 895-4411.
Joining the prestigious group will be five individuals and one team, which will put UNLV's Hall of Fame at 76 members strong. Under the hall's bylaws, former student-athletes must have completed their eligibility at least 10 years earlier to be selected. Coaches and administrators must have stopped working at the University five years earlier. Classes enter on a biennial basis.
"We feel we have a very talented group ready for induction this year," Senior Associate Athletics Director Jerry Koloskie, who also chairs the school's hall of fame committee, said. "UNLV boasts a lot of former elite student-athletes who qualified so the selection process was not an easy one."
Headlining the prestigious group will be three members of the school's only back-to-back NCAA Final Four men's basketball squads as well as a hoops team that has been billed as one of the best in college history.
Perhaps the most famous Runnin' Rebel of all, power forward Larry Johnson (1989-91) took home the prestigious John Wooden Award as the nation's top player as a senior as well as being a unanimous first team All-American. A first-teamer a year earlier as well, he was also a two-time conference regular-season and tournament MVP. Still ranking 12th in career scoring and seventh in rebounding at the school despite only playing two seasons, he holds records in single-season and career field goal percentage as well. The only UNLV player ever chosen No. 1 overall in a professional league draft, LJ went on to a 10-year NBA career, including winning the league's rookie of the year award for the Charlotte Hornets in 1991-92. A two-time NBA all-star, Johnson scored more than 11,000 points and grabbed 5,000 rebounds in his career and served as a tri-captain on the gold-medal-winning United States national team (known as Dream Team II) at the 1994 World Championships.
Small forward Stacey Augmon (1987-91) was voted First Team All-American in 1991 and was the winner of that year's Henry Iba Corinthian Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player. The 1989 Big West Conference Player of the Year after being named the league's freshman of the year a season earlier was also tabbed the 1990 NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player. A member of the bronze-medal-winning 1988 USA Olympic Team, he remains the school's leader in career games played (145) and starts (137). A versatile performer, Augmon currently ranks third in career scoring with 2,011 points, fourth in career field goals (757), third in career rebounds (1,005) eighth in career assists (433) and stands tied for first in career steals (275). Chosen with the No. 9 pick overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1991 draft, he just finished his 11th pro season and has scored more than 7,000 points and grabbed more than 2,700 rebounds and recorded more than 800 steals.
Point guard Greg Anthony (1988-91) was a two-time honorable mention All-American and three-time all-conference selection. The playmaker still holds school records in assists (838), steals in a season (106) and is tied in career steals (275). A member of the 1991 All-West Region NCAA Tournament Team, Anthony was the No. 12 pick overall by the New York Knicks in 1991 draft. Having just concluded his 11th NBA season, the Las Vegas native has scored more than 5,000 points, recorded more than 800 steals and dished out nearly 3,000 assists in his professional career.
The 10th team to be inducted, the 1990-91 UNLV men's basketball squad is the only program in the last 23 years to go undefeated during the regular season (27-0), which included winning a memorable showdown at No. 2 Arkansas 112-105. Coached by 1998 inductee Jerry Tarkanian, the Runnin' Rebels' perfect 18-0 league record earned the school a Big West Conference championship and a No. 1 seed at the NCAA West Region after its smallest margin of victory all season was seven points. UNLV rolled into the Final Four with a 99-65 win over Montana and victories over Georgetown, Utah and Seton Hall. However, the defending national champs were upset in the semifinal, 79-77, by Duke in Indianapolis and finished 34-1.
The first softball player ever voted into the Hall, two-time All-American and Olympic hero Lori Harrigan (1989-92) still holds numerous school records. The world-class pitcher owns two gold medals and is the only UNLV softball player with her jersey retired (1998). She led her teams to three NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the College World Series. Her records include a 0.77 career ERA, 725 career strikeouts, 83 victories and 53 shutouts, including five no-hitters and the school's only perfect game (1992). She was a member of the USA Olympic Team in 1996 and 2000 and pitched the first no-hitter in Summer Games history in Sydney.
The class' Distinguished Contributor is longtime team physician and UNLV supporter Dr. Gerald Higgins, who has served as the team's primary orthopedic surgeon for 27 years. Higgins has spent countless hours providing medical care to student-athletes both at home and during road competition. Aside from contributing his time, he has funded the Gerald Higgins Annual Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship.
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