Editor’s note: Scorebook Live senior reporter Todd Milles is a voting member for the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.
One was one of college basketball’s all-time great scorers. Another was a beloved Seattle Mariners’ player. And the third? Well at one point, nobody soared higher in track and field.
Basketball forward Adam Morrison (Mead/Gonzaga), baseball pitcher Aaron Sele (North Kitsap/WSU) and track and field pole vaulter Brad Walker (University/UW) are the three athletes who will be inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
Basketball coach Don Zech, who led Blanchet High School to a state boys basketball title before guiding the University of Puget Sound to an NCAA Division II men’s championship; as well as former UW athletic director Joe Kearney and longtime basketball referee Dick Cartmell are also part of this year’s hall-of-fame class.
Morrison, the 2006 co-national player of the year in college basketball with Gonzaga, led the nation in scoring (28.1 points per game) before being drafted later that year by the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Known for his knee-buckling curveball, Sele led WSU to three consecutive Pacific-10 Conference titles. He was a first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox in the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft – and won 148 games over 15 seasons, including three years with the M’s (2000-01; 2005).
Walker won three NCAA Division I men’s pole vault titles with the Huskies, and two world championships (2006, 2007) before setting the U.S. record with a vault of 19 feet, 9 3/4 inches in 2008. He was also a two-time U.S. Olympics participant.
A date for the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be announced at a later time.