Guyton, Ogunleye headline latest IU Hall of Fame class

A.J. Guyton and Adewale Ogunleye headline the latest Indiana University Hall of Fame class, the athletics department announced Wednesday.

Guyton (men’s basketball, 1997-2000) and Ogunleye (football, 1996-99) are joined by Ben Raimondi (football, 1996-99), Benigno Fernandez (gymnastics, 1971-74) and Bea Gorton (women’s basketball coach, 1972-76). The group will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Nov. 7, and will be recognized at halftime of the following day’s Indiana-Penn State football game.

“It is an honor to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” IU athletics director Fred Glass said in a statement. “They embody everything a Hoosier represents in the classroom, in competition and in life. We are proud to recognize them for their service to IU.”

Guyton was Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 2000 after earning the league’s freshman of the year award in 1997. He was an All-Big Ten selection in 1998 in 2000. Guyton scored 2,100 points in his career, the fourth-highest total in program history, and he holds the IU record with 283 3-point field goals made.

Ogunleye was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and the program’s all-time leader in sacks (34.5) and tackles for a loss (64). He spent 11 years in the NFL with Miami, Chicago and Houston.

Raimondi was the starting quarterback on Indiana’s 1945 Big Ten championship team, throwing for 10 touchdowns and leading the conference in passing. He was a second team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection in 1946.

Fernandez was a four-time Big Ten champion and four-time All-American in the still rings, and placed sixth in the same event while representing Puerto Rico in the 1974 Pan American Games.

Gorton was Indiana’s first women’s basketball coach, compiling a .738 winning percentage good enough for tops in program history. She led the Hoosiers to a AIAW Final Four appearance in 1973.

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  1. AJ Guyton is my person favorite player at IU of all time. Such a smooth player, yet had a killer instinct. For a small guy he played good defense. He didn’t play during a particularly notable time other than he was a senior on Knight’s last team at IU. I feel that AJ was about 6-7 years behind the shift in the NBA where undersized guards took over the game. AJ could have found a home in the NBA. He was drafted when there were linebackers playing PF.

    Congrats AJ! You were a lot of fun to watch during my years at IU.

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