USF’s greatest triple jumper and mid-range jumper both are headed to the Bulls' athletics hall of fame.
The school announced Monday its seventh hall of fame class: former women’s basketball scoring dynamo Courtney Williams, six-time track and field All-American Matthew O’Neal and men’s tennis standout Jeff Davis. The trio will be formally inducted at a ceremony to be announced at a later date.
Williams, coming off a dazzling season (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg) with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, remains the only player in USF women’s history to collect at least 2,000 career points (2,304), 900 rebounds (931) and 300 assists (318).
The program’s No. 2 all-time scorer, she used her fleetness and dead-eye mid-range jumper to help lead the Bulls to three NCAA Tournament appearances in her four seasons. A two-time honorable mention All-America pick, she was the No. 8 overall selection (by Phoenix) in the 2016 WNBA draft.
O’Neal, the only six-time All-American produced by USF in any sport, won six total conference titles (indoor and outdoor) in the triple jump, qualifying for the NCAA Championships six times. He placed as high as second at the NCAA indoors (2016) and third at the outdoors (2016), and owns the school indoor (54 feet, 8 inches) and outdoor (55-9¾) record in the event.
Davis owned the Sun Belt Conference in the mid- to late-1970s, winning three conference singles and doubles titles, and leading the Bulls to three consecutive team championships from 1977-79. The 1979 USF Athlete of the Year, he totaled 174 collegiate wins (91 singles, 83 doubles).
Nominations for the hall of fame are accepted annually from the general public and members of the hall committee. Nominees remain eligible for three years and, if not elected in that period of time, must be re-nominated for further consideration.