HOUSTON—Former Rice men’s basketball player Ricky Pierce has been inducted to the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday afternoon by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Pierce joins Jimmy Kitts and Bob Kinney as the only Rice basketball players inducted into the SWC Hall of Fame.
Pierce starred at Rice from 1979-82 finishing his career as the all-time leader in school history with 1,847 points, which he held from 1982-93. He is currently third all-time.
Pierce was named all-conference all three years, and was named Southwest Conference Player of the Year in 1982. That year, he was also named an All-American by the Associated Press, National Basketball Coaches Association and the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Pierce is tops in Rice history in career scoring averaging 22.5 points, while placing second in field goals made (746). His 1981-82 season of 26.8 points, 314 field goals made and 614 field goals attempted are also school records.
Following his time at Rice, Pierce became the Owls’ first-ever NBA first round pick when the Detroit Pistons selected him 18th overall in 1982. He played 16 seasons in the NBA with eight different teams and was a two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner (1986-87, 1989-90). He was also selected to the NBA All-Star game in 1991.
The induction ceremony and luncheon will be held in Dallas, Texas on Monday, October 5th, at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton (8250 N. Central Expressway)--(214) 691-8700. For more information contact the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (254-756-1633) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.