Mel Counts to Receive Conference Honor in March

Nov. 7, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Former Oregon State University men's basketball standout Mel Counts will be one of 10 individuals inducted into the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Hall of Honor, it was announced Thursday by conference properties vice president and general manager John Kasser. The ceremony will be held during the 2004 conference tournament in March at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Counts lettered on the Beaver varsity men's basketball team from 1962-64 and guided the program to some of its most successful seasons. The two-time All-American led the team to three 20-plus win seasons and the 1963 NCAA Final Four.

The Coos Bay, Ore., native left Oregon State as the school's all-time leading scorer (now third) with 1,973 points. His 26.7 scoring average as a junior is the second-highest ever recorded in the Pac-10 and his 775 points in 1964 is an OSU single season record. Counts still holds the conference record for career rebounds with 1,375.

The State of Oregon and OSU Sports Halls of Fame member enjoyed a lengthy post collegiate career, playing for six NBA teams, and winning two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Counts was also a member of the 1964 United States Olympic gold medal team.

This is the third class to be inducted by the conference. Counts' former head coach, the late-Amory 'Slats' Gill, was honored last year, and Gary Payton was inducted in 2002.

The other nine inductees this year include Bob Boyd from USC, James Edwards from Washington, George Raveling from Washington State, Khalid Reeves from Arizona, Lafayette 'Fat' Lever from Arizona State, Jason Kidd from California, Ron Lee from Oregon, Howard 'Howie' Dallmar from Stanford, and Walt Hazzard from UCLA.

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