Former ASU Men's Basketball Player Royce Youree Honored
March 6, 2009
Royce Youree, a three-year starter on the men's basketball team, is one of 10 former student-athletes and coaches who will be inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor. The ceremony will take place during the 2009 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-14, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Youree, who played from 1956-58, ended his storied career as Arizona State's all-time leading scorer and free throw shooter. His record 362 career made free throws stood for 45 years and helped him become the first player in school history to surpass the thousand mark in points, finishing with 1,036. He was also a two-time second-team All-Border Conference selection in the '57 and '58 seasons.
Along with garnering individual accolades, Youree helped ASU win its first Border Conference championship in the 1957-58 season, leading the Sun Devils to their premier NCAA Tournament bid.
Following his career at ASU, Youree played three years of minor league baseball, then turned his attention towards coaching. During his tenure at Phoenix East High School, he compiled a 5A record of 301-56 and won five state championships. Youree left Phoenix for Mesa Community College, co-coaching them from 1982-87. After coaching in the Basketball Congress International (BCI) for seven seasons, Youree accepted a position at the University of San Diego, mentoring the Toreros during the 1996 and '97 seasons.
Joining Youree in the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor class of 2008-09 is Arizona coach Lute Olson, Nibs Price of Cal, Oregon Duck Greg Ballard, Oregon State alum Paul Valenti, Jim Pollard of Stanford, former UCLA point guard Michael Warren, Gus Williams of USC, Washington alum Detlef Schrempf and Issac Fontaine of Washington State.