Ohio State announced Wednesday morning who will be in its 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class, and LeCharles Bentley and Mike Conley Jr. made the list.
Bentley was a four-year letterman for the football team and a three-year starter along the offensive line. As a senior in 2001, Bentley was a consensus All-American. Additionally, the Cleveland St. Ignatius product was named the Big Ten Conference’s offensive lineman of the year in 2001 and was the first Buckeye to ever win the Rimington Award as the nation’s most outstanding center.
Bentley was taken in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, where he became a two-time Pro Bowler. His professional career came to an end after four years due to an injury.
Conley, meanwhile, played just one season (2006-07) for the basketball team. He helped lead the Buckeyes to a regular-season Big Ten championship, a conference tournament crown and a trip to the 2007 national title game. In his lone season at Columbus, Conley earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and 2007 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
He averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 assists per game at OSU. His 238 helpers and 87 steals as a freshman are the most by any freshman in Ohio State hoops history.
Conley went No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he completed his 10th season in the league this spring.
The six other members who will be enshrined are Tom Byers (men’s track and field), Chelsea Davis (women’s diving), Pete Hanson (men’s volleyball), Bryce Keough (wrestling), Christina Manning (women’s track and field) and Nancy Pearson (women’s swimming).
This class will be inducted Oct. 6 and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game vs. Maryland the next day.
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