April 1, 2018
DENTON - Voting for the 2018 North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame class is underway.
Voting for the Hall of Fame, which will run April 1-15, is exclusively for dues-paying members of the North Texas Letterwinners Association, members of the North Texas Hall of Fame, and members of the Hall of Fame Committee. Each qualified voter may submit one ballot and may vote for a maximum of six nominees.
This is the first year for voting by members of the NTLA or by members of the Hall of Fame. Previously, the selection was made by the North Texas Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which is made up of 10 individuals with strong ties to UNT (including multiple Hall of Fame members) who have been designated by the athletic department. The Committee, after considering all nominees submitted by NTLA members and Mean Green fans, set the ballot for this year's Hall of Fame voting.
Voting is being conducted online and by paper ballot, and will conclude April 15. Click here to view the ballot.
2018 North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame Nominees
Alysha Adams (track and field, 2008-2011)
One of the most prolific record holders in UNT women's track and field history. Adams holds the school indoor records in the 200-meter dash at 24.01 seconds and the 55-meter hurdles at 7.72. Outdoors, her best time of 23.82 in the 200 is fourth best in UNT history; her times of 13.08, 13.09 and 13.15 in the 100 hurdles are the second, third and fourth best all-time. Adams was a member of 4x100 meter women's relay teams that posted the first, second and fourth fastest times in school history, as well as the second fastest 4x400 relay team.
Adams won multiple conference crowns. At the Sun Belt Conference outdoor championships, she took gold in the 100-meter hurdles in 2008 and 2010, the 200-meter dash in 2010, the 100-meter dash in 2011, and the 4x100 relay in 2010 and 2011. Indoors, she won Sun Belt gold in the 200-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles in 2010, and the 4x100 relay in 2010 and 2011. Adams earned all-conference honors at the 2008, 2010 and 2011 indoor and outdoor Sun Belt championships. She participated in the NCAA West Preliminaries in 2010 and 2011; the NCAA Midwest Regionals in 2008 and 2009; and the NCAA National Championships in 2010, where she placed 17th in the 100-meter hurdles and 11th with the North Texas 4x100 relay team.
Her honors include 2009 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, 2010 and 2011 conference outdoor Outstanding Track Performer, and 2010 and 2011 Sun Belt outdoor Individual High-Point Scorer.
Marcus Camper (football, 1985-88)
A two-time all-conference wide receiver, Camper led the team in receiving, punt returns and all-purpose yards in all four of his seasons with the Mean Green, during which time UNT twice reached the Division I-AA national playoffs.
Thirty years after his final game, he still ranks No. 9 in all-time receiving yards with 1,939, eighth in receiving touchdowns with 14, and fifth in career yards per reception at 17.4. He had a career-best performance against Texas in 1988, when he 224 yards receiving - still the fifth-best total in school history.
Camper also led the team for four years in all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, and returning kicks), and ranks sixth all-time at UNT in career all-purpose yards with 3,562. His 69-yard punt return against McNeese State in 1988 is the seventh longest in school history.
Mallory Cantler (softball, 2008-2011)
A four-time all-conference selection at first base, Cantler is the only player in North Texas history to lead the team in batting four straight years and to post a season batting average of over .400.
In 2009, Cantler hit .404. She also hit .319 in 2011, .351 in 2010 and .374 as a freshman in 2008, which is the fifth highest average in school history. Her career batting average of .359 and career on-base percentage of .423 are tops in program history. Her 220 career hits are third best, her 128 career runs batted in are second best, and her 44 career doubles are best in school history. Cantler had 63 multiple-hit games and 35 multiple-RBI games.
Cantler also has the third-highest career slugging percentage at .564, and she shares the team record for most bases in a game with 10 against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2011.
On defense, she is tied for the best single-season fielding percentage in school history at .997 in 2011.
Cantler was named to the ESPN The Magazine/Academic All-District team in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Melvin Davis (men's basketball, 1975-78)
Known to fans by the nickname "Lurch," Davis was a force on the Mean Green's 20-win teams under coach Bill Blakeley in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78, when the Mean Green compiled a record of 45-16, had a 19-game home win streak, and scored wins over Texas, SMU, Kansas State, TCU, and Arizona State.
Davis' 550 career field goals rank sixth best in UNT history, and his 872 career rebounds are fifth best. The 6-8 forward/center from Greenville is also a member of the UNT 1,000-point club, ranking 12th all-time at North Texas in scoring with 1,306 points, an average of 13.2 points per game.
He averaged 17.3 ppg as a junior and 16.6 as a senior, and had a 33-point game against UTA in 1978. He boasts one of the best rebounding seasons in school history with 287 boards in 1976-77, ninth best in school history.
Casey Fitzgerald (football, 2005-08)
A walk-on from Red Oak, Texas, was one of the greatest wide receivers in North Texas history and is the owner of the best two-year stretch any UNT receiver ever had.
In 2007, Fitzgerald caught 111 passes for 1,322 yards. A year later, he hauled in 113 passes for 1,119 yards. Those are the top two seasons for receptions and No. 1 and No. 4 in receiving yards in program history. His 2,533 career receiving yards ranks third all-time at North Texas behind Hall of Famers Johnny Quinn and Troy Redwine. His 229 career receptions ranks first, and his 20 career touchdowns ranks fifth.
Fitzgerald is perhaps best remembered for three remarkable performances: against SMU in 2008 he caught 18 passes for a school-record 327 yards; against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2008 he had 14 receptions for 231 yards (second only to his output against SMU); and against Navy in 2007 he caught 13 passes and scored five touchdowns. He ranks third all-time in 100-yard receiving games with 10.
Fitzgerald was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was named honorable mention all-America by Sports Illustrated in 2007.
Amber Jackson (women's basketball, 2006-09)
Jackson did it all for North Texas: rebounder, scorer, shot blocker and an academic standout.
Jackson is the top rebounder in North Texas women's basketball history with 761 boards, 45 more than the second-best total of Empress Drane. Her top season was 2008-09, when she grabbed 265 rebounds, an average of 9.5 per game. But Jackson was also a prolific scorer, ranking fifth in career points with 1,394. Jackson was the team's top scorer in 2007-08 at 13.0 points per game and in 2008-09 at 16.8 ppg, and her 471 points in 2008-09 ranks as the sixth-best single-season total. On defense, Jackson recorded 73 career shot blocks, sixth most all-time. Jackson was also durable, playing in 116 games, fifth most in program history.
Jackson was a two-time all-conference selection in the Sun Belt Conference, and was named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team in 2009.
Johnny Mata (football, 1966-67)
Mata was a team captain and the top linebacker on back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference championship teams.
Mata was a standout with Blinn Junior College, where he earned junior college All-America notice before transferring to North Texas, where he earned Missouri Valley all-conference honors. Although tackle statistics from that era have not survived, Mata was a leader on a rugged defense that held opponents under 20 points in 14 of the 19 games North Texas played in 1966-67, and allowed an average of 14.7 points per game on squads that went 15-3-1.
Despite going undrafted by the NFL, he played for the Baltimore Colts in 1967, and played for the San Antonio Toros of the Texas Football League. In 1997, Mata was inducted into the Latinos In Action Sports Association Hall of Fame.
James Russell (football, 1965-67)
Russell was a three-time all-conference wide receiver in the Missouri Valley Conference, and led the Mean Green in receptions on the 1967 league championship team.
A favorite target of North Texas All-Century quarterback Steve Ramsey, Russell caught 44 passes for 624 yards and five touchdowns in 1967. His 14 career receiving touchdowns is tied for eighth most in school history. "He catches the ball in a crowd as good as anyone, and it's not surprising that our quarterbacks always favor him in crucial situations," North Texas All-Century head coach Odus Mitchell said of Russell.
Russell was also the team's punter, averaging 40.8 yards per kick in 1967. Among his accolades, Russell was twice named to the All-Texas College Football first team. Russell was drafted in 1968 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 10th round, and played in the Canadian Football League.
Gwynn Samuel (tennis, 1979-82)
Gwynn Samuel's position in the history of North Texas tennis is clear: she is the benchmark, the standard by which all others are measured. And no one else has approached her heights.
Samuel is the winningest player in the history of North Texas tennis - and she owns that distinction by a vast margin. In her two seasons of intercollegiate tennis at North Texas, Samuel amassed 104 career victories in singles and doubles, 46 more than any other player in program history. Samuel ranks second in career singles wins with 52 and first in career doubles victories with 50, and she owns the top career-winning percentage in singles (.730) and doubles (.781).
She began her career at the tenuous dawn of the modern women's tennis program at North Texas. After the program's inaugural (and winning) season in 1978-79, Samuel led the team to a 32-9 dual-match mark in 1979-80, which remains the program best for wins in a season. There was no season in 1980-81, but the team returned in 1981-82 to post a 24-11 record. Those two teams remain the winningest in program history, and Samuel was the wins leader on both.
Samuel holds the top two spots for most single-season victories in singles with 28 in 1981-82 and 26 in 1979-80, and holds the same marks in doubles with 26 wins in 1981-82 and 24 in 1979-80. In the rest of the program's history, 20 wins has been reached only one other time.
In the 1979-80 season, Samuel went a combined 52-11 in singles and doubles. In 1981-82, she went 52-23. In all the other years of North Texas women's tennis, no other player has reached 30 combined wins in a season.
Quincy Williams (men's basketball, 2005-08)
A 6-8 forward from Forest Park, Oklahoma, Williams was an integral part of a lot of winning at North Texas. The Mean Green posted at least a .500 record in all four years of Williams' career, making him just the third player in school history to accomplish this feat and the first since 1954.
Williams was one of the program's best rebounders and shot blockers, ranking third at UNT in career shot blocks with 98 and 10th in career rebounds with 691. He led the team in rebounds in 2006-07 (with 7.1 rebounds per game) and in 2007-08 (with 7.6 boards per game). On offense, he averaged 7.57 points per game for his career.
Williams had 15 career double-doubles, including seven in his senior year, when he tallied four straight double-doubles in conference play, averaging 13.5 points and 12.0 boards over that span. In his senior year, he was the only player in the Sun Belt Conference to average at least 9.0 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 block.
He posted a 19-rebound performance against Indiana State, which is tied for the 15th best rebounding game in UNT history. He led the team in rebounding and blocked shots as both a junior and a senior and finished third on the team with a scoring average of 9.7 points per game.
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