NBA’s House among notables in ASU Hall of Fame class

Eddie House and Shawn Charles are among a class of eight former Arizona State athletes being inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The accomplishments of House and Charles aren’t necessarily any more significant that those of the others being inducted.  But they are the most visible representatives of the ASU athletics program right now.

House, who attended ASU from 1996 to 2000, played a year with the Phoenix Suns and is still playing professional basketball, so he gets significant face time on televised games.  And Charles, who wrestled for ASU from 1989 to 1992, is currently the face of the Sun Devil wrestling program, which he took over in 2009.

Kellee Booth and Paul Casey are also included in the latest class to be inducted, and both golfers are still playing professionally.  But, unless you’re near the top of the leader board in a major tournament every now and then, there isn’t a lot of visibility.

The rest of the 2010 class are pursuing other interests – although Aaron Cox, who played football for ASU from 1984 to 1987, played five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams before retiring.

Amanda Burbridge (1997-2000), Attila Czene (1999-2000), and Dwight Phillips (1999-2000) round out this year’s class.

House was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2000, the first Sun Devil to win the award.  He scored 61 points in a game against California that year, tying the record set by Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) in 1967, and was a household name by the time he left ASU.

He graduated ASU with the school’s scoring and steals records.

The hot-handed guard was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft and went on to play for nine different teams during his 10-year pro career.  He became a free agent after his last season with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, and was  just traded back to Miami.

Charles was a two-time Pac-10 champion at 126 lbs. and a two-time NCAA finalist.  He helped the Sun Devils to three Pac-10 titles and a runner-up finish in the 1990 NCAA Championships during his career in Tempe.

Following coaching stops at renowned wrestling schools, Iowa State and Oklahoma, Charles returned home to take over the ASU program before last season.

Booth competed for the Sun Devil women’s golf team from 1995 to 1999 and was a three-time First Team All-American, leading the Devils to NCAA team titles in 1995, 1997, and 1998.  She capped off her career by winning the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship Nancy Lopez Award, which goes to the top amateur in the country.

Casey was also a three-time golf All-American during his ASU years, from 1997 to 2000, and also won three Pac-10 titles.  In the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, he carded a 23-under total for four rounds to break the old record of 18-under 270 set by Tiger Woods.  He ended his college career with six championships and is tied for third on the ASU wins list; he joined the PGA Tour in 2000 and has 11 wins since then.

Cox was a standout receiver who still holds the ASU record for longest completed pass from scrimmage (95 yards) and  ranks fourth on the career all-time receiving list with 2,692 yards.  He was the 20th overall pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

Burbridge set a volleyball school record 599 kills during her senior season in 2000 and still ranks third all-time with 1,597 career kills.  The Chaparral High School grad is one of only 10 players in school history to accumulate 1,000 digs and kills, and today is the women’s volleyball coach at Phoenix College.

Czene was a two-time Olympic medalist in the 200 IM swimming event who spent just one season at ASU, but during that time set two individual school records and swam on three school record-setting relay teams.  He also tied the world record in the short-course 200m IM (1:42.72) and was only the sixth NCAA champion in ASU swimming and diving history.

Phillips participated on the Sun Devil track & field team for two seasons, after transferring in from the University of Kentucky, but made major contributions during those two years.  In 1999, he won Pac-10 titles in both the long jump and triple jump, breaking a 15-year-old school record with a mark of 26’10”, and also tied for the longest collegiate jump.

In 2000, Phillips finished as the national runner-up in the long jump and set a school record at the national meet.  After leaving ASU, he won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.

The full 2010 class will be honored during the Hall of Fame football game against Oregon at ASU on Sept. 25.