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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference will honor 12 former student-athletes with their induction into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The induction will occur on Friday, March 14, during a ceremony prior to the semifinal games at the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

The individuals to be inducted are: Luke Walton (Arizona), Verl Heap (Arizona State), David Butler (California), Ken Charlton (Colorado), Frederick Jones (Oregon), Lee Harman (Oregon State), Mark Madsen (Stanford), Tyus Edney (UCLA), Wayne Carlander (USC), Billy McGill (Utah), Brandon Roy (Washington) and Ed Gayda (Washington State). 

Luke Walton, Arizona -  One of the biggest fan favorites in recent Arizona basketball history, Walton was also one of the most versatile players to ever don a Wildcat uniform. The only player in program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, Walton garnered five All-America honors over the course of his tenure in Tucson from 2000-03. Following two seasons as one of the Conference's most productive all-around players, he broke out as a junior in the 2001-02 season, averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Pac-10 Tournament that year after helping lead Arizona to the title, and picked up four All-America honors following the season. Walton also posted just the sixth triple-double in Arizona history in his junior campaign and finished the season as the lone player in the Pac-10 to rank in the top 15 in scoring and the top 10 in rebounds, assists and steals. He helped the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance as a senior and was recognized as an NCAA All-West Region honoree and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American. His 582 assists still rank fifth on Arizona's career chart. Walton enjoyed a 10-year career in the NBA, winning championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, and recently joined Lakers' television broadcasts with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. 

Verl Heap, Arizona State - Heap, who passed away on Christmas Eve in 2008 at the age of 84, was not only one of the pioneers of the Sun Devil basketball program, but also a veteran of World War II and one of the most successful high school hoops coaches in Arizona history. A 1998 Sun Devil Hall of Fame inductee, Heap enlisted in the Air Force and served his country as a B-17 pilot after his freshman season in 1942-43. After the war, he returned to Arizona State and led the Sun Devils in scoring in the 1945-46 season, averaging 15.0 points per game. He was an All-Border Conference selection the next season after leading the Conference in scoring with 25.0 points per game. In his senior year, Verl led the Sun Devils to the NAIA Championships as Arizona State beat Northeast Missouri and Mankato State, and Heap earned Outstanding Player honors. He earned Border Conference first-team honors twice and was the team leader in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists in his final three seasons. After playing professional basketball in what was then the Basketball Association of America, Heap returned to coach at St. Johns, where he amassed a 592-168 record and eight state championships. He was also a long-time member of the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame. 

Dave Butler, California - Butler combined the best of athletics and academics during his tenure at Cal from 1983-87. On the court, he was a four-year starter who etched his name in the Cal record books, still holding the mark for career games started with 113 and finishing his career fourth on the school's all-time rebounding list with 814 boards, and seventh in scoring with 1,291 points. Butler also set a single-game school record for free throws made and attempted when he shot 20-of-24 from the line versus Arizona State in 1987. He helped the Bears earn their first postseason berth in 26 years in his junior campaign when Cal played in the 1986 National Invitation Tournament. The Bears returned to the NIT his senior year in 1987 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Butler, who was a member of the U.S. National Team during the summer of 1986, was chosen in the fifth round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. In the classroom, Butler was a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A Rhodes Scholar candidate, he received his bachelor's degree in 1986 and went on to earn an MBA from Cal's Haas School of Business in 1990. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Ken Charlton, Colorado - Charlton battled through a history of injuries to lead Colorado to back-to-back Big Eight Conference titles, two top-10 national rankings and NCAA Championship berths during his time at Colorado from 1961-63. He ranks as CU's 12th leading scorer with 1,352 career points, which was the all-time school record at the time of his graduation. Charlton also currently ranks 12th in rebounds with 671 career boards. He was a consensus All-America selection in the 1962-63 season, where he capped his career by being named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1963 NCAA Midwest Regional. The Buffs amassed a 53-24 record during Charlton's three-year career, where he led the team in rebounding each season. In the classroom, he was a first-team Academic All-America selection in 1963, the first year of the awards. He also was a member of the West team in the Shrine All-Star Game that same year, playing under coach John Wooden to help the team beat the East, 82-79. Charlton was elected to the CU Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Frederick Jones, Oregon - Former NBA Slam Dunk champion Frederick Jones led Oregon to the 2002 Pac-10 regular season title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The league title was the first outright Conference championship for Oregon in 63 years. Jones was an All-Pac-10 selection who averaged 18.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a senior in 2001-02, scoring 650 points that year for the second-most in single-season school history, also tying the school record in steals with 63. He was also a member of the 2000 Ducks team that was UO's first NCAA Tournament squad since 1995. Jones, who lettered from 1999-2002, finished his Oregon career as the only player in school history ranked in the top 10 among eight different career categories. He finished fifth in scoring with 1,644 points, seventh in field goals (554), fifth in three-pointers (147), sixth in free throws (389), sixth in free-throw percentage (.805), third in assists (367), second in steals (148) and fourth in blocked shots (74). Jones was a 2002 first-round NBA Draft choice, going to the Indiana Pacers as the 14th overall pick. He played eight seasons in the NBA with Indiana, Toronto, Portland, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers. Jones won the NBA's 2004 Slam Dunk competition as a member of the Pacers. 

Lee Harman, Oregon State - Harman was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Oregon State from 1957-59. After contributing mainly as a rebounder in his first year, he helped the Beavers earn a share of the Pacific Coast Conference regular-season title. Harman broke out in his senior campaign, serving as captain of the Beavers and receiving first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference and second-team All-America honors, as well as being named the Most Valuable Player of the 1958 Far West Classic. In his final season, he led the team in field goal percentage (.439), field goals made (118) and free throws made (138). Harman also thrived in Civil War matchups with the University of Oregon in his senior season, registering 72 points and 25 rebounds in three games against the Ducks. After graduating, he was drafted by the St. Louis Spirits with the seventh pick in the fourth round of the 1959 NBA Draft. Harman went on to become one of Hollywood's leading makeup artists, working on popular films such as Chinatown, Christmas Vacation and Conspiracy Theory. He was inducted into the Oregon State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. 

Mark Madsen, Stanford - One of the most iconic and inspirational players in school history, Madsen, who starred from 1997-2000, earned All-America honors in each of his final two seasons while helping lead Stanford to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. Known to everyone as "Mad Dog" for his signature physical and aggressive style of play, Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in his 108 career games while ranking among the school's top-10 all-time performers in field-goal percentage (fourth, .587) and rebounds (sixth, 857). A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Madsen was tabbed a two-time All-American by the NABC and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. During his four-year career on The Farm, Stanford compiled a 105-24 record and notched its first 30-win season (1997-98), two Pac-10 titles (1999, 2000), a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history (2000), and a Final Four appearance (1998). As a senior, he was honored as a CoSIDA first team Academic All-American, and was a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first-team selection as well as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. Madsen attained his MBA in public management in June 2012 after earning his bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford in 2000. Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft, he played three seasons with the Lakers and was a member of back-to-back NBA championship teams in 2001 and 2002. He then played six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves before serving as an assistant coach with the Utah Flash and Stanford. Madsen currently serves as an Assistant Coach for Player Development with the Los Angeles Lakers organization. 

Tyus Edney, UCLA - Edney was a four-year letterwinner (1992-95) at UCLA who earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors in each of his final three seasons. He helped UCLA advance to four NCAA Tournaments, capped by winning the 1995 NCAA title during his senior season. His most signature UCLA moment came in the second game of the 1995 tournament, when the Bruins' point guard took an inbounds pass and drove the length of the court in the final 4.8 seconds, hitting the buzzer-beating layup to help UCLA defeat Missouri, 75-74, and advance to the Sweet 16. To this day, Edney ranks second on the school's all-time assists list (652) and third on the all-time free throws made list (450). His 652 career assists also rank eighth in the Pac-12 Conference's all-time records, and he owns the Pac-12 single-game steals record (11, vs. George Mason on Dec. 22, 1994). Edney is in the top 100 on the Conference's all-time scoring list with 1,515 points in four seasons. He was selected in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and played in the NBA for four seasons with Sacramento, Boston and Indiana before playing professionally in Europe from 1998-2009, where he earned Euroleague Final Four MVP in the 1998-99 season. 

Wayne Carlander, USC - Carlander starred at USC as a four-year letterman, playing for the Trojans from 1982-85. He scored 1,524 points over the course of his career, which is currently ranked at fifth all-time in school history. He was a two-time All-America honorable mention selection. In 1985, Carlander received Pac-10 Player of the Year accolades as he averaged 16.0 points and 6.9 rebounds over the course of leading USC to its last regular-season Conference title. Carlander served as the USC team captain and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player in 1984 and 1985, as well as being named to the All-Pac-10 first team both years. Other accolades for Carlander include winning USC's 100 Percent Effort Award in 1985 and being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 1982. In addition to being USC's fifth-leading scorer all-time, he ranks sixth on USC's career field-goal percentage list (.537), ninth in career rebounds (767), third in career minutes played (3,978) and tied for seventh in games played (116). The Trojans saw two NCAA Tournament appearances during Carlander's tenure. He was a fifth-round pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, going to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Billy McGill, Utah - Rumored to be the originator of the "jump hook," McGill played for the Utes from 1960-62. He was a two-time All-America selection, earning second-team honors in 1961 and first-team in 1962. McGill led the nation in scoring as a senior, recording 38.8 points per game, including a 60-point performance against Utah's arch-rival, BYU. He became the 11th player in collegiate history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during his career at Utah, still ranking second all-time in career scoring (2,321 points) and first in career rebounding (1,106). He owns the Utah single-season (1,009) and single-game (60) records for scoring, as well as the single-season (430) and single-game (24) records for rebounding. McGill was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Chicago Zephyrs. He is one of seven Utes to have his jersey retired and was honored in 2008 as a member of the University of Utah All-Century Team. 

Brandon Roy, Washington - Easily one of the most memorable players to wear a Husky uniform, Roy left an immeasurable mark on the Husky program before going to the NBA. Playing from 2003-06 for UW, Roy finished his collegiate career as the 14th best scorer all-time with 1,477 points after shooting over 45 percent every season. He helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Tournament for three-straight years, including UW's first-ever No. 1 seed in the tournament in 2005 and back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in his junior and senior years. After breaking out in his sophomore season, Roy racked up a wealth of national accolades including being named an All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year in his senior season along with being a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith, Oscar Robertson and Adolph Rupp Awards. He was selected in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft, sixth overall by the Portland Trailblazers, and went on to become the 2007 Rookie of the Year as well as a three-time NBA All-Star before finishing his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012-13.

Ed Gayda, Washington State - Gayda played four seasons in a Cougar uniform from 1947-50 and served as the captain of the 1950 Pacific Coast championship team that finished the year ranked No. 18 nationally. He was All-Northern Division in his junior and senior seasons, also earning second-team honors as a sophomore. Gayda was WSU's second top scorer for the decade 1940-49 with 1,061 total career points, which is still ranked among Washington State's top-10 all-time scorers. He also scored 643 points in Conference play, a school record at the time. In his senior year, he also won the Bill Rusch Memorial Award for Inspiration. Upon completing his collegiate career, Gayda was drafted by the Tri-City Blackhawks, the team that later became the Atlanta Hawks, and played part of a season before deciding to enter the business world. He enjoyed a successful career in insurance, construction and investments before his retirement. In 2001, he was named one of Washington State's all-time 10 greatest players by the Spokesman Review

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