Hall of Fame Introduction with Larry Blair
In an effort to reintroduce Flames Nation to some of its greats from the past, LibertyFlames.com will be interviewing each member of the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class.
On May 1, Liberty Athletics announced the 2020 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame class. The six-member class is the 12th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class includes Larry Blair II (men's basketball), Henry Elliott (men's track & field), Andrea [Wildrick] Hampson (women's track & field), Morgan Hout (football head coach), Samuel Johnson (men's soccer) and Jeff Mincey (baseball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 9 at the Alumni Ballroom on the third floor of the Montview Student Union. Additionally, the six-member class will receive special recognition during Liberty's Homecoming Weekend football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 10.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame's now 63 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program.
Larry Blair II
Men's Basketball: 2004-07
Larry Blair II remains one of the most prolific all-time scorers in program history and ranks second only to Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class member Karl Hess.
Blair finished his distinguished career on Liberty Mountain with 2,211 career points scored and is tied for the program's all-time lead with Hess with 43 career 20-point games.
Blair burst onto the scene as a freshman and was named the 2004 Big South Freshman of the Year. He led the Flames in scoring during the 2004 Big South Men's Basketball Championship title game with 29 points, guiding the program to an NCAA Tournament berth for the second time in school history.
The native of Charlotte, N.C. is the only player in program history to earn All-Big South honors all four years of his playing career (2004 – second team; 2005-06-07 – first team). He was also a two-time VaSID all-state selection and named to the 2007 CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major All-America team.
Following his days in a Liberty uniform, Blair went on to play 11 seasons of professional basketball in Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.