Men’s volleyball player Yuval Katz, basketball player Anthony Carter and football and track and field standout Richard Furtado were formally introduced today as the newest members of the University of Hawaii Sports Circle of Honor.
Furtado was a star in the 1930s and played on the UH football team that went 6-0 in 1935. He threw a touchdown pass in the Rainbows’ 14-0 win over Cal to cap the season.
Katz and Carter were the biggest reasons for sold-out crowds in the 1990s.
“We went from a few hundred to 8 to 9,000 per game, ” athletic director Jim Donovan said of Katz’s impact on volleyball attendance.
Carter had a similar affect on basketball attendance, as he and backcourt-mate Alika Smith led UH to back-to-back NIT appearances and wins over Indiana and Kansas.
Carter, who was just traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks, was represented today by Jackson Wheeler, the assistant coach who recruited him to Hawaii.
Befitting his nature as a player and person, Wheeler said Carter told him to acknowledge his UH teammates.
“AC said don’t forget the other guys,” Wheeler said.
My all-time UH basketball starting five: G Anthony Carter, G Tom Henderson, F Bob Nash, F Reggie Cross C Mel Werts. 6th man Predrag Savovic.