March 5, 2001
Columbia, SC –
Former Clemson basketball great Larry Nance, former All-America linebacker Jeff Davis, and lengendary sports information director Bob Bradley will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame April 26th. The announcement was made by the South Carolina Hall of Fame.
This year’s annual banquet and inducation ceremony will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia. Information on tickets may be obtained by calling (803)799-0905.
Nance, a native of Anderson, SC, was one of the stars on Clemson’s 1979-80 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Eight, the only NCAA quarterfinalist in Clemson history. Nance was chosen to the All-NCAA Regional team as he helped Clemson to victories over Utah State, BYU and Lamar in NCAA play.
Nance was a three-year starter for the Tigers and averaged a team best 15.9 points a game as a senior, helping the team to a 20-9 record, including a victory over eventual national champion Indiana. He shot 57.5 percent from the field and led the club in rebounding with 7.6 per game. In the summer of 1981, Nance was the 20th selection of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.
Nance had a celebrated NBA career. He played 13 years in the NBA altogether, 6 1/2 with Phoenix and 6 1/2 with Cleveland. His number (22) has been retired by the Cavaliers. He played in the 1989 and 1993 NBA All-Star games and was the first NBA Slam Dunk Champion (1984).
Davis was the captain of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship football team. He was named first-team All-American and was the most valuable player of the Atlantic Coast Conference, a rarity for a defensive player.
Now director of the Call Me Mister Program at Clemson, Davis was inducted into the Clemson athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the school’s Ring of Honor in 1995. He went on to play six years in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, serving four years as team captain.
Bradley served Clemson for 45 years as sports information director and Director Emeritas. The South Carolina Hall of Fame will be the second induction posthumously in the last year. He was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame on December 31, 2000. Earlier in his career he was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame and into the Clemson University Hall of Fame. He was named the National Man of the Year by CoSIDA in 1976.
Bradley worked 502 consecutive Clemson football games, a streak that was broken on October 21, 2000, just nine days prior to his death. He passed away after a long bout with cancer. Just two days prior to his death he was presented the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Jim Hodges for his contributions to the state of South Carolina.
Also named to the 2001 Hall of Fame class were Sterling Sharpe, former South Carolina star receiver, Dickie Harris, a member of South Carolina’s all-time football team, Sheila Foster, an All-America women’s basketball player at South Carolina, and John Kresse, current Head Basketball Coach at College of Charleston.
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