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CIAA inducts 6 into McLendon Hall of Fame
Published Wednesday, January 13, 2021
by Bonitta Best

The CIAA Tournament is a bust, but the 2021 John B. McLendon Hall of Fame will still go on – albeit virtually.

The presentation will air Feb. 26 on the CIAA Sports Network as part of the virtual CIAA Tournament experience Feb. 23-27.

The six inductees span over four decades and include student-athletes and a coach.

And the winners are…

* Cassie King, North Carolina Central (2004-07): King broke the Lady Eagles single-season scoring record with 664 points in 2004-05, an average of 22.9 points per game. She also set a school and tournament record with 59 points in a game. She finished her Eagles career with 44 double-doubles, 2,150 points and 1,076 rebounds, and, at the time, became just the 15th Division II women’s player to amass over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

* Celeste Trahan-Davis, Elizabeth City State (2005-08): Trahan should have both a CIAA and NCAA award renamed in her honor. She set a new DII standard by becoming the first female student-athlete to record 2,000 points and 1,500 rebounds in a career.

Trahan-Davis was a two-time CIAA player of the year, the ’08 defensive player of the year and a two-time All-America selection. Her senior season was her crowning glory with a double-double average of 23.7 points and 15.9 rebounds a game, earning her South Atlantic player of the year and the Ron Lenz national player of the year. She is having a stellar overseas career.

* Kenny Phillips, Fayetteville State (2000-12): Phillips is the Broncos’ all-time winningest coach with 75 victories, including a 57-35 CIAA record. His teams won three CIAA titles, appeared in four conference championship games and three DII playoffs. He also won two coach of the year awards.

* Johnny Stoutamire Jr., Livingstone (1974-78): Stoutamire was named an All-American in his junior and senior season by the Pittsburgh Courier, which was a prestigious honor at the time. He played four seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. His jersey number was retired by the Blue Bears in 2006.

* Greg Toler, Saint Paul’s College (2005-08): Toler was a three-time All-CIAA selection and the 2008 Virginia Small School Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season that recorded six interceptions, 13 pass breakups and three blocked kicks.

Toler set school records with 14 total interceptions, 36 pass breakups and 50 passes defended. As the No. 1 HBCU prospect, the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the fourth round of 2009 NFL Draft, making him the only SPC player to be drafted. He played in 88 games, including 49 starts, and collected 277 tackles, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and two sacks.

* Johnnie Walton, ECSU (1965-68): The four-year starter at quarterback had a breakout senior season after completing 114 of 204 passes for 1,400 yards and 16 TDs.

He earned a spot in the history books by becoming the first African American quarterback from North Carolina to the play in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. Walton made history again in the Continental Football League by becoming the first black quarterback to win a championship in the league.



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