USC’s Zam Fredrick, who led college basketball in scoring, highlights the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, which also includes South Carolina pitcher Randy Martz.
Other inductees are S.C. State football standout Edwin Bailey, Olympian Monique Hennagan, state golf legend Happ Lathrop, Newberry basketball standout Carl Short, Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams and future NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins of Clemson.
A look at he USC inductees:
ZAM FREDRICK: Zam Fredrick spent his professional career playing in Italy from 1981-87 after graduating college from USC in 1981. Although Fredrick played in Europe, he is best known for leading NCAA Division I in scoring as a senior in 1980–81 with a 28.9 ppg average. He played for coaches Frank McGuire and Bill Foster. The 781 total points he scored during his senior season is second all-time in school history to Grady Wallace's 906, who also led the nation in scoring in 1956–57. Despite being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1981 NBA Draft (third round, 51st overall), Fredrick never played in the NBA. After his decade-long European professional career, he returned to South Carolina and coached high school basketball at Calhoun County High in St. Matthews. During a seven-year stretch, Fredrick led CCHS to five state championships and a winning streak of 81 games. Fredrick continues to coach at CCHS.
RANDY MARTZ: The 6-4, 210-pund right-hander from Harrisburg, Pa., recruited to USC as a football player, put together an overpowering baseball season as a senior in 1977, going 14-0 and winning the honor as college baseball’s most valuable player. The Chicago Cubs selected Martz in the first round of the 1977 MLB draft, the No. 12 selection overall. He pitched for the Cubs from 1980-82, with his best year coming in 1982 with an 11-10 record. For his four-year MLB career that included time with the Chicago White Sox (‘83), he compiled a 17-19 record with a 3.78 ERA. He currently lives in East Alton, Ill., where he is the head baseball coach at Lewis and Clark Community College and also the pitching coach for the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League.
The eight individuals will be enshrined with the state’s highest athletic honor on May 12 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets (table of eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905. The affair, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the inductees donning of the symbolic blue jackets, the Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award recipient will also be recognized.
The event, which includes a host of returning past inductees, is the largest annual celebration of Palmetto State sports stars under one roof. Legendary South Carolina State coach and 2008 SCAHOF President Willie Jeffries, known for his witticism, will again preside over the banquet as master of ceremonies along with Executive Director Ephraim Ulmer and this year’s president, Kay Fortune of Columbia.