Beaver enters Basketball Hall of Fame

Gary Payton, John Stockton
Inductee Gary Payton, left, speaks during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as Hall-of-Famer John Stockton, right, looks on at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — He’s Oregon State University’s all-time leader in points, assists and steals — and on Sunday he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Former Beav’ Gary Payton took the stage with 11 other inductees.

The Hall of Fame inductions were held in Springfield, Mass., Sunday.

During Payton’s career at OSU , the Beavers made three NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. He was chosen as the PAC-10 player of the year in 1990, and was elected to OSU’s hall of fame in 1996 — the same year he won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Payton won an NBA title with Miami after years doing the same for Seattle. Payton was  a nine-time NBA All Star during his 13 seasons with the Sonics. He played 17 years in the NBA, and won two Olympic gold medals.

According to the Associated Press write-up, “Payton grew up on the West Coast and became a dominant defender.”

Others inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday were Bernard King, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and two former college coaches — Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis — along with North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, former Knicks guard Richie Guerin, NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik and Oscar Schmidt, who played in five Summer Olympics for Brazil.

Both E.B. Henderson, who introduced basketball to African-American students in Washington, D.C., and four-time ABA All-Star Roger Brown were enshrined posthumously.

— The Associated Press contributed information used in this KOIN.com report.

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