Former UConn basketball stars Worthington “Worthy” Patterson and Bill Corley will be inducted into the school’s “Huskies of Honor”, its erstwhile Hall of Fame.
The induction will take place during the Huskies game against DePaul Feb. 15 at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies of Honor, which began during the 2006-07 season, honors the top players, coaches and contributors in men’s and women’s basketball history.
Patterson (UConn Class of 1954) was a 6-foot-3 forward whose career was highlighted by a game-winner in February 1954 _ the original “The Shot” _ that helped the Huskies upset Holy Cross 78-77 at the Worcester Auditorium. Cross was No. 7 in the nation at the time and hadn’t lost a home game in more than five years.
Patterson, an All-New England pick in 1953, was a member of three consecutive Yankee Conference champions and UConn was 60-14 in his three years with the team. Patterson also became the first UConn basketball standout to play professionally in the NBA, playing with with the St. Louis Hawks in 1957-58.
Corley (UConn Class of 1968) was a 6-foot-7 center/forward who holds the UConn basketball single-game scoring record of 51 points, set against New Hampshire in January 1968. Corley, who was part of UConn’s 25-member All-Century Team, averaged a double-double over his three-year varsity career, 16.9 ppg and 13.7 rpg.
Corley, who died in 1999, still ranks third in school history in rebound average. He was a thee-time All-New England selection (1966-68).
Each member of the Huskies of Honor gets a 4-foot by 5-foot panel in the corner of Gampel Pavilion. Each honoree also has a plaque on the lobby level of the building.
There are now 20 people in the group:
Players (16): Walt Dropo, Vin Yokabaskas, Art Quimby, Toby Kimball, Wes Bialosuknia, Tony Hanson, Corny Thompson, Clifford Robinson, Chris Smith, Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, Kemba Walker, Patterson and Corley.
Coaches (3): Hugh Greer, Dee Rowe, Jim Calhoun.
Contributors (1): John Toner-Director of Athletics.