Thursday, April 28, 2016

Davenport, Carrier To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport and former Western Kentucky star Darel Carrier are two of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in June. 

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Coach Scott Davenport is one of seven honorees that will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced this morning at a news conference at the KFC Yum! Center.

Joining Coach Davenport in the 2016 induction class are Shaun Alexander, Darel Carrier, Kyra Elzy, Phillip Haywood, Joel Utley and the Lakeside Swim Club.

"This honor is second to none," Davenport said, "because it represents an organization that covers every facet of sports—every facet throughout the bluegrass—and the goal is to help young people. The more people we have helping young people like Kosair Charities, the better we're going to be."

Davenport, a native of Louisville's South End where he was an all-district player at Iroquois High School, is ingrained in the Commonwealth's basketball culture. Davenport is the only head coach to win both the KHSAA and NCAA Championships. In ten seasons at Louisville's Ballard High School (86-96), Davenport compiled a 258-69 record, which included the 1988 State Championship. Davenport's collegiate coaching includes VCU (1985-86), UofL (1996-2005), and Bellarmine University (Beginning in 2005), where he won the 2011 National Championship.

Davenport also spoke of the personal significance represented in inscription of the Hall of Fame plaque. "This was a thrill," he said. "I could have gone to a hall of fame journalist, I could have gone to our S.I.D. at Bellarmine, but my sons Russ and Doug and daughter-in-law Ashley wrote mine and that was special."

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the State of Kentucky. Each inductee receives a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville's Freedom Hall. Past inductees include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Pat Day, Denny Crum and many more.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 53rd anniversary in 2016 and will hold the annual banquet to induct the 2016 Class on June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Exposition Center. This semi-formal event includes a silent auction, dinner, and a program. All proceeds from this event benefit Kosair Charities. For tickets: http://www.KAHF16.eventbrite.com.

Excerpt about Carrier:

Darel Carrier- Scored 3148 pts (64 point game) in HS. All American at WKU (50 point game). Broke WKU scoring record 26 ppg. In ABA, averaged 20 ppg (53 point game), led 3-point percentage, best Free Throw percentage(89.19 in 1969-70),three-time All Star Team member, and made Top 30 All-Time Team. Voted 6th Best Backcourt (with Louie Dampier), Top 25 Shooting Guards, and Top 50 Free Throw Shooters in the history of the professional game. Leading scorer in World Tournament. 1967 Gold Medal winner in Pan American Games (scored 32 pts -a record that has not been broken).

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