Dec. 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - Alonzo Mourning and seven others will take their place among the most accomplished sports figures from the Commonwealth of Virginia when the 39th annual Virginia Sports Hall of Fame induction is held on April 24, 2010 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center.
Mourning, a Chesapeake, Va. native, starred at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, leading his squad to 51 straight victories and a state title during his junior year, then earned National Player of the Year accolades during his senior year of 1988, before a highly decorated four-year career at Georgetown and 16-year career in the NBA.
"The Class of 2010 brings eight of the most impressive résumés we have ever seen," says Hall of Fame President Eddie Webb. "These individuals exemplify the Commonwealth's diversity in sports from swimming to football, as well as decades of achievement."
At Georgetown, Mourning led the nation in blocked shots during his freshman season and finished his career as a All-America first team selection and the Defensive Player of the Year. Mourning is sixth in program history in scoring average with 16.7 points per game, third career rebounds with 1,032 and second with 453 blocked shots.
In 1992, Mourning was selected No. 2 overall by the Charlotte Hornets, beginning a 16-year NBA career, that included seven NBA All-Star selections, two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards and a 2006 NBA Championship.
Mourning will be inducted along with University of Virginia and Detroit Lions standout Herman Moore, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Whitney Hedgepeth, College Football Hall of Famer Jim Dombrowski, winningest college basketball coach in state history Dave Robbins, 40-year NFL coach Larry Peccatiello, All-American soccer player Helmut Werner and Va. Press Association Award recipient Jim Ducibella. Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale on January 15, 2010. For ticket information please call (757) 393-8031.