The CIAA released its annual John B. McLendon Hall of Fame class and it is definitely one of the the more star-studded in recent history. The class is headlined by Winston-Salem State alumnus and current ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith.
Joining Smith is a pair of former Virginia Union basketball stars in Terry Davis and Derrick Johnson. Former Winston-Salem State football star and HBCU football’s all-time leading rusher Richard Huntley will also be inducted, along with former Virginia State quarterback Dr. DeWayne Jeter, former St. Paul’s basketball star LaKisha Phifer-Patterson and administrator Dr. Mickey L. Burnim.
Smith played basketball at WSSU under legendary coach Big House Gaines before injuries pushed him towards a career in journalism. He will be inducted as a supporter.
The class will be inducted in Charlotte during the CIAA Tournament on Feb. 24.