|School: Wilson||Graduation Year: 1985|
Year Inducted: 2020
Sport Played: Basketball
High School Honors: 3 Basketball Letters. 1st Team All-PIL, MVP, and All-State as a Senior. 2nd Team All-PIL and All-State Honorable Mention as a Junior. Leading scorer on PIL and State Championship team as a Senior. Team Captain; played in State-Metro series, named USA Today All-American and First-team Jewish High School All-American.
Post High School Career: University of Puget Sound 4-year basketball letterman, ranks among UPS leaders in assists and games played. Career in sports-writing; contributed to National Assn. Basketball Coaches and Associated Press Portland bureau, member US Basketball Writers Association. Accredited in Public Relations through PR Society of America.
From an early age, athletics—particularly basketball—was a big part of my life. I remember competing in different sports against my older brothers, David and Dan, who were great athletes in their own rights, and loving the challenge of always improving.
My favorite memory from Wilson was winning the 1985 AAA state basketball championship. Sharing that victory with the entire school, and the local community, was truly memorable. In particular, I remember that our coach, Dick Beachell, shared these inspirational words with the team in the locker room before the championship game: “Don’t look back and wonder what if.” That statement has stayed with me and has been a great overall life lesson.
An honor such as this is not an individual achievement. I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates who helped me along the way. Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Mark and Leah, and my entire family for their love and support, and for providing me the opportunity to pursue my basketball ambitions. None of this would be possible without them.