GREENSBORO - Two men's and two women's basketball players, two football players and a baseball and volleyball player highlight the eight new members selected to the 2012 North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame. The members will be inducted Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., during the Hall of Fame dinner at the George K. Event Center at 2108 Center Fork Drive in Greensboro.
A 4 p.m., press conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Memorial Student Union's Stallings Ballroom to introduce the inductees. The members will also be introduced to Aggies during halftime of A&T's football game at Aggie Stadium against West Virginia State on Saturday.
Among the inductees are players who brought A&T championship glory. Former A&T running back James White led the Aggies to consecutive MEAC football championships in 1991 and '92. Former point guard Thomas Griffis led the Aggies to four straight NCAA appearances by way of winning the MEAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament four consecutive years.
The 2012 inductees include women's basketball players Eva Patterson-Heath and Marsha Simmons, men's basketball player James "Doc" Anderson, Sr., football player Demetrius Harrison and volleyball player Carmen Barrantes-Santa Maria.
James "Doc" Anderson, Sr.
Men's Basketball, 1980-82
James Anderson was a first-team All-MEAC selection in 1981 and '82. He was the only unanimous choice in 1981. Also during his career, he earned MEAC all-defensive honors as well as being named to the MEAC's all-tournament team. During his two years as an Aggie, he led the team in assists and steals. In March of 2009, James was selected as one of the top 40 MEAC players by Triad Weekly. Among his other accomplishments during his career was being named the Aggie Holiday Classic MVP.
Carmen Barrantes-Santa Maria
Carmen Barrantes-Santa Maria was voted the team's MVP three consecutive years from 1982-84. Barrantes-Santa Maria was both a collegiate and international star. In 1982, she played on the USA Virgin Island national team. Additionally, she played in the Central Caribbean Games in Havana, Cuba. As an Aggie, Barrantes-Santa Maria was a tenacious outside hitter who averaged approximately 6.0 kills per game. Her leaping ability helped her become an outstanding blocker. During her career, she was named to the MEAC's all-tournament team.