Seven new members of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted the weekend of Clemson’s season opening football game against Troy (Sept. 3, 2011). The class includes seven former student-athletes in seven different sports. Six of the seven earned All-America honors, and three played professional sports at the highest level, including one who was a top 10 draft selection in his sport.
The seven new members are Sharone Wright (men’s basketball from 1991-94), Shane Monahan (1993-95 in baseball), Jamine Moton (women’s track and field, 1998-2002), Ingelise Driehuis (women’s tennis 1986-87), Ross O’Dell (men’s track, 1925-28), Neil Brophy (men’s swimming 1979-83) and Keith Adams (football (1998-00).
As you can see by the list the recipients represent a wide range of eras. Ross O’Dell was a track athlete at Clemson between 1925-28 and is the first athlete from the 1920s inducted since 1984. Jamine Moton competed as an All-American in women’s track as recently as 2002.
Monahan, Driehuis and Moton were named MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference or ACC Tournament multiple times and Adams was named the Defensive MVP of the ACC as well.
Here is a rundown of each former Tigers’ career:
Keith Adams, Football, 1998-00
•Two-time All-American (1999 and 2000)
•ACC Defensive Player of the Year (1999)
•Finalist for Butkus Award and Bednarik Award (2000)
•National Defensive Player of the Year Finalist by Football News (2000)
•Set Clemson single season record for tackles (186) and sacks (16) in 1999
•Set Clemson single game tackle record with 27 vs. South Carolina in 1999
*Had 379 career tackles, ninth in Clemson history even though he played just three years.
•Played seven years in the NFL with Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami and Cleveland
Neil Brophy, Men’s Swimming, 1979-83
•Named to ACC 50-Year Anniversary swimming team
•One of just three male swimmers in Clemson history to win three ACC Championship events at the same ACC meet.
•Three-time ACC Champion at the 1983 meet, he won the 200 free, the 500 free and the 1650 free.
•Won the 500 free and 1650 free at the 1982 ACC meet.
•His five individual event ACC championships rank second in school history
•All-American in the 800 meter free in 1982
•Holds times still in Clemson top 10 in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events.
Ingelise Driehuis, Women’s Tennis, 1986-87
•Named to ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2003
•Two-time Singles All-American, 1986 and 1987
•All-American as a doubles player as well in 1987
•Two-time ACC Player of the Year, 1986 and 1987
•Two-time ACC Tournament MVP, 1986 and 1987
•One of two women’s tennis players in Clemson history to be two-time ACC MVP and two-time ACC Tournament MVP
•Two-time ITA Southeast Region Indoor Champion
•1987 GTE CoSIDA Academic All-American, first women’s tennis player in Clemson history so honored.
•One of just 16 student-athletes in Clemson history to be All-American on the field of play and in the classroom in the same year,
•Helped Clemson to pair of ACC Championships and top 20 national rankings
Shane Monahan, Baseball, 1993-95
•First player in ACC history to be named MVP of the ACC regular season, MVP of the ACC Tournament, MVP of an NCAA Regional and first-team All-American over his career.
•MVP of 1994 ACC Tournament when he led Tigers to tournament title.
•MVP of the ACC in 1995, his junior year and final year at Clemson.
•Two-time first-team All-American, 1994 and 1995
•Freshman All-American in 1993
•Second in career hits at Clemson with 337, he is first in triples with 21, third in batting average with a .394 figure and second in total bases with 535.
•Played two years in the Major Leagues
Jamine Moton, Women’s Track, 1998-02
•NCAA Champion in the hammer throw as a senior in 2002
•Won Frank Howard Award at Clemson in 2002
•Six-time All-American over her career, second in school history in All-America selections.
•Thirteen-time ACC Champion at indoor and outdoor meets between 1998-02. Won championships in the shot put, discus and hammer throws over her career. Won more ACC individual championships than any other female track athlete at Clemson.
•Won ACC Championship outdoors in the shot put four times, a first in Clemson history
•All-ACC in individual events 17 times, five more than any other women’s track athlete in Clemson history.
•MVP of the ACC Indoor Meet in 2001 and the ACC Outdoor Meet in 2002.
Ross O’Dell, Men’s Track, 1925-28
•Three-time All-American who finished in the top four of the pole vault at the NCAA meets of 1925, 1927 and 1928
•One of just three track athletes with three top four finishes in the same event over his career.
•Southern Conference Champion in the pole vault in 1926, 1927 and 1928. Set conference record each year
•Won the pole vault competition in 16 of his 22 meets as a Clemson athlete.
•Three time state champion in the pole vault, he also won the broad jump and high jump over his career.
•Sixth in pole vault at the US Olympic Trials in 1928.
•First Athlete from the 1920s to be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame since 1984
Sharone Wright, Men’s Basketball, 1991-94
•Sixth selection in the NBA Draft of 1994 by the Philadelphia 76ers, the highest draft selection by a Clemson basketball player.
•First-team Freshman All-American in 1991-92
•Two-time All-ACC selection
•Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 1993-94
•One of 20 nominees for the 1994 Naismith Award, the first Clemson player to be named.
•Led the ACC in blocked shots in 1992-93 and 1993-94, he was in the top 20 in blocked shots and rebounds in 1993-94
•Member of United States Gold Medal World University Games team of 1993
•Played four years in the NBA, an arm injury suffered in an auto accident prematurely ended his playing career.