Gary Payton to be Inducted into Oregon Sports Hall of Fame

Aug. 11, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Former Oregon State men's basketball standout Gary Payton is one of seven inductees into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Mike Rose, executive director of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, announced on Tuesday. Payton and the rest of the Class of 2009 will be inducted in a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

'Gary (Payton) is one of the faces of Oregon State basketball and it is great to hear he's been selected for this tremendous honor,' Oregon State head men's basketball coach Craig Robinson said. 'He is one of the all-time greats in our sport and we could not be happier for him as he enters the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.'

Payton graduated from Oregon State in 1990 where he finished his college basketball career as the all-time leading scorer in Beavers history with 2,172 points. During his senior season at Oregon State, he was voted player of the year by Sports Illustrated and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Payton was a consensus All-American in 1990 and was a three-time all-conference selection. In addition, he was named the Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year in 1987. A member of the Pac-10 Conference All-Decade team, the Beavers made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance during his career at Oregon State.

Payton's professional career spanned 17 seasons as he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Nicknamed 'The Glove,' Payton was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team a record-tying nine consecutive seasons (1994-2002), joining Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to accomplish the feat.

Drafted by Seattle as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, Gary played 13 years with the Sonics and left the team as the organization's all-time leader in games played, points, minutes, steals, assists, field goals made and three-point field goals made.

As a member of the 1996 United States Olympic Team, Payton helped the squad win a gold medal in Atlanta and followed by earning a gold medal as a member of the 2000 United State Olympic Team. On the 2000 squad, Payton was selected as a tri-captain along with Jason Kidd and Alonzo Mourning.

Joining Payton in the Class of 2009 are: Stan Brock of Jesuit High School, University of Colorado, and New Orleans Saints/San Diego Chargers football fame, and Pete Brock of Jesuit, University of Colorado and New England Patriots; Jerry Cundari, national and international amateur golf champion; Jonathan Stark, world tennis doubles number 1 ranked ATP player; Tom Levak, national and international Karate masters champion; Anna Maria Lopez, outstanding volleyball and basketball player at St. Mary's Academy and USC, currently Athletic Director at St. Mary's; and Chuck Richards, Olympic pentathlete and amateur sports philanthropist.

Each year the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame helps preserve Oregon's rich sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding Oregon athletes and special contributors to sport.

The event will be held once again at the Multnomah Athletic Club, with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Veteran sportscaster, Bill Schonely is emcee. Oregonian sports columnist and KXTG radio talk show host, John Canzano will keynote. Tickets are $80 per person while tables of 10 are $750. Please call the Hall of Fame at 503.227.7466 for additional information and ticket orders.

The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Oregon's rich athletic history with its museum and annual induction and awards ceremony. The Hall of Fame's goal is to inspire participation in sport and foster awareness of the values and life-long rewards gained from this participation.

The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is currently closed to the public while seeking a new location, and can be reached at 503/227-7466, and www.oregonsportshall.org.

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