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ORU Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

ORU Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University Athletic Department has announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class, which will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game against Purdue Fort Wayne February 2, 2019. Former ORU standouts Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez (baseball), Kevi Luper (women's basketball), Buddy Slemp (baseball) and Jack Whitt (track and field) make up the 2019 class of inductees.

Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez // Baseball // 2011-2013

  • 2013 Perfect Game Second Team All-American
  • 2011 Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA Freshman All-American
  • 2x Pitcher of the Year (Summit League and Southland Conference)
  • Drafted in the 1st round by the Texas Rangers, the highest draft pick (23rd overall) since Mike Moore went first overall, ORU's first first rounder since Zupcic went in the 1987 draft.
  • Named the Rangers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015
  • Finished second in the NCAA in 2013 with 126 strikeouts

Kevi Luper // Women's Basketball // 2009-13

  • 2010, 2011 AP All-American
  • 2012, 2013 Mid-Major All-American
  • 3x Summit League Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 2x Summit League Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011)
  • Led the NCAA in scoring and steals in the same season, the first to ever accomplish the feat
  • Top scorer in ORU history with 2,867 points

Buddy Slemp // Baseball // 1975-78

  • Led the 1978 CWS Team with a .387 batting average
  • Led ORU in runs scored in 1976 (49) and 1978 (74), and in hits in 1978 (82)
  • Drafted in the 32nd round of the 1978 draft by Detroit
  • T-7th in ORU history with 74 runs scored in 1978
  • Scored four runs in three games at the 1978 College World Series

Jack Whitt / Track & Field // 2009-13

  • 7x All-American
  • Won the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the pole vault, ORU's third NCAA National Championship
  • Selected to Team USA for the 2010 NACAC Games in Miami
  • Finished fifth at the US National Championships in 2010
  • Became the youngest champion at the Reno Pole Vault Summit in 2011
  • Ranked 7th in the US and 27th in the world at just 21 years old in 2011 and 6th in the nation in 2012
  • Named an alternate for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics

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