With nearly 30 members of the six men’s basketball Final Four teams in attendance, the University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced during the halftime of Saturday’s game against LSU that it will honor five former student-athletes and coaches during the 2014-15 season by hanging their jerseys or a banner in their honor at Bud Walton Arena.
Part of Razorback Athletics’ on-going initiative to honor its basketball programs’ rich history, Arkansas unveiled that a banner commemorating former head coach Nolan Richardson and the jersey of two-time All-American Corliss Williamson will be the first two additions.
Razorback Athletics also will relocate previously honored jerseys, including men’s basketball great Sidney Moncrief’s No. 32 jersey and women’s basketball legends Bettye Fiscus (No. 5) and Delmonica DeHorney (No. 50). The jerseys were previously displayed in Barnhill Arena, but will now be moved to Bud Walton Arena. There are currently no banners or jerseys in Bud Walton Arena commemorating former coaches or student-athletes.
“We are pleased to introduce a program to formally recognize legendary men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches from the University of Arkansas,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “Next season, we will recognize the careers of five former Razorbacks who have made significant contributions to our program. We look forward to honoring these outstanding individuals and celebrating the great tradition of Razorback Basketball.”
Individual ceremonies for each of the five honorees will be held during the 2014-15 season. Specific dates will be announced when the game schedule for both the men’s and women’s teams are completed at the end of the summer.
Long made the announcement after the six men’s basketball Final Four teams were introduced to the sold-out crowd at Bud Walton Arena with Richardson, Moncrief and Williamson among those in attendance.
Head Coach Nolan Richardson (1986-2002)
· Guided Arkansas to three Final Fours (1990, 1994, 1995), highlighted by the National Championship in 1994.
· Named the NABC National Coach of the Year in 1994.
· Went to 13 NCAA Tournaments over 17 seasons, including a run of nine straight appearances from 1987-1996 in which Arkansas went to the Sweet Sixteen six times and compiled a record of 24-8.
· Arkansas’ all-time winningest coach with 390 victories.
· Inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
#32 Sidney Moncrief (1975-79)
· Finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer (2,086) and is now second, but still holds the record for rebounds (1,015).
· Named an Associated Press All-American three times, the most in program history.
· Three-time All-Southwest Conference selection.
· Named an SEC Legend in 1999 and is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall Of Fame.
· First player in program history to have his jersey retired.
#34 Corliss Williamson (1992-95)
· MVP of the 2004 Final Four and two-time Final Four All-Tournament team member.
· Two-Time SEC Player of the Year and two-time AP All-American.
· Ranks eighth all-time with 1,728 points and 10th with 647 rebounds, both figures are second-best among three-year players in program history.
· Scored 1,465 points over the run to back-to-back Final Fours which is the second-best two-year total by a Razorback.
· Named an SEC Legend and to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
#5 Bettye Fiscus (1982-85)