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JONES, HERON, HAYES, RICHARDS AND WHITE TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

JONES, HERON, HAYES, RICHARDS AND WHITE TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Alums Joel Jones, Jack Heron, Paul Hayes, Rob Richards and Monte White will be inducted into the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Hall of Fame in October.

The event, tabbed the 12th annual Men's Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Banquet, will take place at the Alumni Center on the south end of campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Online registration for the event is available by clicking here.

As part of the festivities, former legendary Sacramento Kings color analyst, coach and general manager Jerry Reynolds will serve as the guest speaker. Head coach Brian Katz will introduce every member of the 2019-20 Hornet squad.

Both Jones and Heron will be inducted into the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Hall of Fame. Hayes, Richards and White will be among the eighth round of inductees into the Coaches Circle, a wing of the Hall of Fame to honor area coaches that graduated from Sacramento State.

Jones was named all-conference both seasons of his career with the Hornets, and enjoyed perhaps the greatest professional career of any Hornet, playing 14 years overseas. He remains the only Hornet to play for a national team when he suited up for Puerto Rico in 2004, 2007 and 2008. Jones scored in double figures 35 times during his two seasons at Sacramento State and his average of 12.1 points per game is tied for the 10th best mark in the Hornets' Div. I era (1990-pres.).

Heron is the longest tenured men's basketball coach in Sacramento State history (15 years), and is the program's all-time leader in victories (196), conference wins (104) and conference championships (3). He posted a 104-73 record (.588 winning percentage) in conference play, and won at least eight conference games on nine occasions. Heron played for the Hornets during the 1949-50 season, which was the team's second year as a program. That year, Heron helped the squad to an 11-9 record and was named the team MVP after averaging 10.0 points per game and shooting 49.2 percent (120-244) from the field.

A time line for the coaching stops of Hayes, Richards and White can also be found below. White also played at Sacramento State during the 1965-66 season. Richards was an assistant coach for the Hornets from 1993-97 before coaching stops at Antelope, West Campus and Hiram Johnson High Schools. Hayes coached at Woodcreek, Woodland and Hiram Johnson High Schools. White had numous coaching stops, including Del Oro, Bella Vista, Rio Americano, Elk Grove and Kennedy High Schools.

For a complete list of every member of the Sacramento State Coaches Circle, please click here. For a list of each player inducted into the Hall of Fame, please click here.

JOEL JONES
• Played for the Hornets in 2001-02 and 2003-04 after transferring from Grossmont College. Took a redshirt in 2002-03.
• Named to the all-Big Sky Conference team both seasons, and is one of just six Sacramento State players to be named all-league multiple times since the program joined the Big Sky in 1996 - DaShawn Freeman, John Dickson, Dylan Garrity, Mikh McKinney and Justin Strings are the others.
• Is still the only Sacramento State basketball player to be named to a national team squad, having played for Puerto Rico in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
• Known for igniting Hornet fans with his high flying theatrics that included many acrobatic dunks.
• Finished his Sacramento State career with averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game.
• Started the final 35 games of his Sacramento State career, and scored in double figures 35 times during his two-year tenure.
• Career scoring average of 12.1 points per game is tied for the 10th best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I era (1991-pres.).
• Enjoyed arguably the most impressive professional career of any former Hornet, playing for 14 years overseas.
• During those 14 seasons, he played in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, China, Poland and the Republic of Cyprus.
• Averaged double figures in points every year he played professionally, and scored 4,707 points during his time in Puerto Rico.
• Played in the 2007 Pan American Games with the Puerto Rican National Team.

JACK HERON (in memoriam)
• Associated with Sacramento State basketball for more than 20 years, as both a player (1949-50) and coach (1964-84).
• In 1964, he joined head coach Ev Shelton's staff as the head junior varsity coach before taking over the varsity reigns in 1968 when Shelton retired.
• Heron served as head coach from 1968-78, and 1979-84, missing the final eight games of the 1977-78 season and all of 1978-79 because of eye surgery.
• During his tenure as head coach, he led the Hornets to three conference championships (1969-70, 1971-72 and 1976-77) and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1969-70.
• The longest tenured men's basketball coach in Sacramento State history (15 years), Heron is the program's all-time leader in victories (196), conference wins (104) and conference championships (3).
• He posted a 104-73 record (.588 winning percentage) in conference play, and won at least eight conference games on nine occasions.
• Played for the Hornets during the 1949-50 season, which was the team's second year as a program. That year, Heron helped the squad to an 11-9 record and was named the team MVP after averaging 10.0 points per game and shooting 49.2 percent (120-244) from the field.
• In addition, he was named Sacramento State's Athlete of the Year for his performances with both the basketball and baseball teams.
• Earned both his bachelor's degree (1950, Physical Education) and master's degree (1963, Physical Education & Recreation) from Sacramento State as well as a teaching credential in 1954.

PAUL HAYES
Hiram Johnson High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1987-89
Woodland High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1989-90
Woodland High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1990-94
Woodcreek High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1996-97
Woodcreek High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1997-98
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1998-04
Woodcreek High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2008-10
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2010-18
* Graduated from Sacramento State with a Business Management degree in 1986, received teaching credential in Business Education in 1988. Named Sacramento State's Business Education Student of the Year in 1988.

ROB RICHARDS
Sacramento State – Graduate Assistant Coach - 1993-94
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1994-97
Hiram Johnson High School – Head Varsity Coach - 1997-01
West Campus High School – Head Varsity Coach - 2001-08
Antelope High School – Head Varsity Coach - 2008-19
* Received his teaching credential from Sacramento State in Physical Education in 1995.

MONTE WHITE
Bella Vista High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1967-68
Bella Vista High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1968-71
Rio Americano High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1973-74
Elk Grove High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1975-77
Kennedy High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1977-78
North Tahoe High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1978-81
South Tahoe High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1981-83
North Tahoe High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1983-86
Bear River High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1986-87
Sierra College - Assistant Coach - 1987-88
Del Oro High School - Head Freshman Girls Coach - 1988-89
Sierra College - Assistant Coach - 1989-92
Del Oro High School - Head Freshman Girls Coach - 2002-03
Del Oro High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2003-09
Del Oro High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2009-11
Truckee High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2011-12
Del Oro High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2012-14
Del Oro High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2015-16
North Tahoe High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2016-19
* Graduated from Sacramento State with a Physical Education degree in 1970 (minor in Music). Also obtained minors from Sacramento State in 1973 in both Science and English.