Brian Evans headlines 2018 IU Hall of Fame class

During his time in Bloomington, Brian Evans shouldered a heavy load for the Hoosiers.

Now, the former Indiana basketball great is headed to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Evans headlines this year’s class, which also includes fellow inductees Monica Armendarez (softball), Rachelle Bostic (women’s basketball), Sam Komar (wrestling), Ann Lawver (volleyball/softball) and Glenn Scolnik (football). The 2018 class will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Nov. 9.

“IU Athletics has a rich history in all of its sports, which is evidenced in this year’s class that represents six different programs,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said. “These six individuals contributed an enormous amount to the success of their teams and the notoriety of our entire Athletics Department. Congratulations to each as they join a very distinctive and elite group of Hoosier legends.”

Evans, who lettered at Indiana from 1993 through 1996, is one of 12 IU men’s basketball players to receive Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors. The Terre Haute native earned the award after averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior in 1996. Although, perhaps most memorably, Evans played through a dislocated shoulder during Big Ten season his sophomore year, endearing himself to IU fans with his toughness and determination to stay on the floor.

Evans closed his college career with 1,701 points and 750 rebounds. As a senior, he became the first player in the Bob Knight era to lead the conference in scoring. Following that season, he was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA Draft. Evans spent four years in the NBA.

Armendarez, one of the most productive hitters in IU softball history, lettered at Indiana from 1995 through 1998. She earned Second Team All-America honors in 1997 and Third Team All-America honors in 1998. A First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1997 and 1998, Armendarez ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in career batting average (.369, 2nd), hits (222, 4th), runs (139, 2nd), doubles (54, 1st), home runs (38, 2nd), RBIs (146, 2nd), walks (95, 5th) and slugging percentage (.784, 2nd). She also owns IU’s single-season record for batting average (.437, 1997) and is the only player in Big Ten history to lead the conference outright in home runs during Big Ten games multiple times (1995, 1998).

A member of IU’s 1983 Big Ten Championship squad, Bostic lettered from 1981 through 1984 and ranks seventh on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,827 points. Her 873 career rebounds are good for sixth in IU history. Bostic also holds the IU career record for field goals made (839) as well as the single-game mark for field goals made (17 vs. South Carolina in 1984). She earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in 1982 after averaging 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds, and added second team all-league honors in 1984 after scoring 15.6 points and pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game.

Komar, a two-time Big Ten champion and All-American, lettered at IU from 1975 through 1978. He captured Big Ten championships at 134 pounds in 1975 and 142 pounds in 1977 under the tutelage of IU coach Doug Blubaugh. In addition to his Big Ten titles, Komar also earned All-America honors at 134 pounds in 1976 (fourth), and did the same in 1977 after advancing to the NCAA title match at 142 pounds. During the 1977 season, Komar compiled a 40-4-1 mark, and was 114-24-4 during his four years in Bloomington. He is one of only 12 Hoosiers to win multiple Big Ten wrestling championships, and his 114 career wins rank 10th in school history.

As a multi-sport coach and administrator, Lawver was one of the pioneers of IU women’s athletics. She was the first coach for the Hoosier volleyball program, leading the squad to a 158-148-9 record from 1975 to 1983. In both 1976 and 1977, her Hoosier teams won 28 matches, which still stands as the program standard for single-season victories. In the midst of her eight-year run with IU Volleyball, Lawver also had an enormous impact on IU Softball. She spent three years as the program’s head coach from 1977 through 1979 and quickly turned the Hoosiers into a national contender. In her third and final season with the program, she guided IU to a 32-14 record and the program’s first trip to the Women’s College World Series, where they placed fifth.

Scolnik earned team MVP and First Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1972 after catching 53 passes for 727 yards and six touchdowns. His ’72 season was highlighted by back-to-back weeks in September — after catching nine passes for what was then a school-record 175 yards against TCU, he scored three touchdowns and had a two-point conversion in a 35-34 win over Kentucky. At the conclusion of his Hoosier career, he was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent one season in the NFL.

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  1. Off of a sports topic a bit….but I’ve been following this devastating hurricane getting ready to pound the Carolinas and much of the East Coast.

    Just heard a mayor talk of why so many people disobey warnings to evacuate…Money is often a reason. Can’t afford to leave, etc. What a tragedy. Here’s an idea: Have our federal government ensure reimbursement for expenses(up to two weeks for any family unable to afford evacuation). Need could easily be determined by tax returns, etc.

    It’s so sad that our government can’t give poor people some peace of mind(often military vets, mentally ill, elderly, reclusive, and those without cash or credit) to ensure their safety without the fear of falling further into economic hardship. It’s almost criminal when so many wealthy are getting massive tax breaks….

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