SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An NCAA Champion and Olympic medalist, an NBA All-Star, an All-American, and a trailblazing administrator make up The Summit League's 2018 Hall of Fame Class announced today at the site of the league's basketball championships. The decorated four-person class consists of Andretti Bain (men's track and field), Kevin Duckworth (men's basketball), E.C. Hill (women's basketball), and Dr. Helen Smiley (administrator) and joins last year's inaugural class of eight.
"These four individuals are well-deserving of this prestigious honor," said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. "Each individual made a significant impact on our league and achieved remarkable success, both during their time in our league and beyond. Their recognition is well-deserved and secures them a prominent place in Summit League lore."
Bain won two NCAA Championships at Oral Roberts, becoming the first in league history to claim multiple national titles in the same year. Bain collected 11 league championships in addition to winning the 400m titles at both the 2008 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That year, Bain added a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games as a member of the Bahamas' 4x400-meter men's relay team.
Duckworth became the league's first two-time professional all-star selection in any sport. An 11-year NBA veteran, Duckworth was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in 1989 and 1991. As a collegian, he led Eastern Illinois to the 1985 league championship as tournament MVP. The following year, Duckworth was a second round selection in the 1986 NBA Draft. In his second pro season, he earned the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. Duckworth helped Portland Trail Blazers to a pair of conference titles and NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992.
Hill was the first All-America selection in league history, earning honorable mention in 1992-93 and first team honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) the following year. That season at Northern Illinois, she established league records in four categories, including season scoring average, on her way to Player of the Year honors. Hill went on to a professional playing career and became the first league alumnae to compete in the WNBA. After her playing career concluded, Hill moved into coaching, serving as a Division I assistant at Northern Illinois and Arizona, and currently serves as head coach at Montverde Academy in Florida.
Regarded as one of the most influential administrators in league history, Smiley's name adorns The Summit League's all-sports women's award. In a career that spanned three decades, Smiley spent nine years as Western Illinois' Women's Director of Athletics and seven years as the school's Director of Athletics. During her tenure, Smiley earned the 2000 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)/Continental Airlines Athletic Director of the Year award.
An eight-member selection committee representing each current member institution reviews and selects the annual induction class. Eligibility standards include completion of eligibility and/or tenure at least seven years prior to nomination. Each nominee must have achieved significant honors during his/her career within the league, on a national level, and/or in professional or Olympic competition.
A webpage devoted to The Summit League Hall of Fame is housed at www.thesummitleague.org/halloffame and includes detailed information on each inductee. Future plans include a "virtual museum" of league artifacts, including publications and photos.
SUMMIT LEAGUE HALL OF FAME
Class of 2018
Andretti Bain, Oral Roberts (Men's Track & Field)
Kevin Duckworth, Eastern Illinois (Men's Basketball)
E.C. Hill, Northern Illinois (Women's Basketball)
Dr. Helen Smiley, Western Illinois (Administrator)
Class of 2017
Brian Anderson, Wright State (Baseball)
Tony Bennett, Green Bay (Men's Basketball)
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso (Men's Basketball)
Dr. Homer Drew, Valparaiso (Men's Basketball)
F.L. "Frosty" Ferzacca, Mid-Continent Conference (Administrator)
Caleb Green, Oral Roberts (Men's Basketball)
Krista Ragan-Binam, Oral Roberts (Women's Basketball)
Anita Rapp, Oakland (Women's Soccer)
CLASS OF 2018
2004-08 // ORAL ROBERTS (MEN'S TRACK & FIELD)
The first to win multiple national championships in the same year, Andretti Bain stands among the league's most decorated athletes. An 11-time league champion, Bain captured the 400m crown at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Just four months later, he added the 400m outdoor national championship by recording the world's fifth-fastest time entering the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In Beijing, Bain won a silver medal as a member of the Bahamas' 4x400-meter men's relay team. He won the league's 400m titles, both indoor and outdoor, in each of his four years at Oral Roberts. Bain won three additional league outdoor championships, including a pair of 400m hurdles crowns and a 200m title. He was ORU's first national champion and initial Olympic medalist.
1982-86 // EASTERN ILLINOIS (MEN'S BASKETBALL)
The league's first two-time professional all-star selection in any sport, Kevin Duckworth played 11 NBA seasons. As a collegian, Duckworth led Eastern Illinois to the 1985 league championship as tournament MVP. As a senior, Duckworth became the school's career leader in rebounds and blocked shots and earned first team all-league honors before a second round selection in the 1986 NBA Draft. In his second pro season, Duckworth earned the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game twice (1989 and 1991). Duckworth helped his team to a pair of Western Conference titles and NBA Finals appearances (1990 and 1992). He scored over 8,000 points and totaled nearly 4,000 rebounds, averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during his pro career. After his passing in 2008, the Trail Blazers and the Oregon Community Foundation established a college scholarship in Duckworth's name.
1992-94 // NORTHERN ILLINOIS (WOMEN'S BASKETBALL)
The first All-America selection in league history, E.C. Hill was a pioneer for the sport of women's basketball. During her senior season in 1993-94, Hill earned first team All-America from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), becoming the league's initial student-athlete in any sport to achieve the feat. That year, she set the single-season standard in four statistical categories, including scoring average, on her way to league Player of the Year honors. Hill also earned an honorable mention All-America selection in 1992-93. She played professionally in the American Basketball League and became the first league alumnae to compete in the WNBA. Hill embarked on a coaching career, including stints as a Division I assistant, following her playing career.
DR. HELEN SMILEY
1985-2001 // WESTERN ILLINOIS (ADMINISTRATOR)
Dr. Helen Smiley was one of the most influential administrators in league history with a career that spanned across three decades. The Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award is annually presented to the school with the most combined points in all league-sponsored women's sports. In 2000, Smiley earned the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)/Continental Airlines Athletic Director of the Year award. Smiley was named Western Illinois' Director of Women's Athletics in 1985 before assuming the role as Director of Athletics from 1994 through her retirement in 2001. Throughout her tenure, Smiley helped guide the league and served on several committees for the NCAA, including the Mideast Advisory Committee from 1996-99, and NACDA.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.