Two Mercerians, former basketball great Sam Mitchell and golfer Edward Everett, were among the seven individuals selected in the 2010 induction class of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The seven individuals were chosen from an eligible pool of 252 nominees who best exemplify the tradition of sports excellence in the State of Georgia.
The 2010 Induction Class highlights the broad range of sports in which Georgia’s athletes excel. The class includes two broadcasters, a golfer, a basketball player, a multi-sport athlete, a football player, and a gymnastics coach. The combined careers of those selected span six decades.
Mitchell was a two-year starter on the basketball team at Columbus High School where he earned All-City honors. From there, he went on to lead Mercer to the Trans-America Conference (forerunner to the Atlantic Sun Conference) championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1985, and he remains Mercer’s all-time leading scorer with 1,986 points. In addition to being named an honorable mention All-American, he was the TAAC Player of the Year as a senior and was a two-time, first-team selection. He was inducted into the Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Mitchell played professionally in Canada and France before joining the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989. He is second only to Kevin Garnett in all-time scoring and rebounding in Timberwolves franchise history. As head coach of the Toronto Raptors, Mitchell was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2007. Mitchell is a current member of the Mercer Board of Trustees.
Everett is a native of Macon where he attended both Lanier High School and Mercer. Everett began winning golf tournaments at the age of 11 in 1955 at the Macon Junior Tournament and continued to win tournaments as an amateur and professional for more than 40 years. Among his many tournament victories are the Rose City Open in 1973, 1975, and 1976; the Perry Classic in 1990; the Georgia Senior Open in 1997 and 2000; and the National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in 1997. Everett was inducted into the Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Others to be honored in the 2010 induction class include: former Georgia Tech play-by-play announcer Al Ciraldo, former Atlanta Braves announcer Ernie Johnson, former Georgia and NFL quarterback Larry Rakestraw, former Florida State lineman Ronald Simmons; and former Georgia gymnastic coach Suzanne Yoculan.
The 2010 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Macon in February.