Charleston Southern announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Charleston Southern announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Five former Buccaneers will have their legacies cemented in history when they are inducted into the Charleston Southern Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

Kelvin Martin (Men's Basketball), Olivia Jordan-Higgins (Women's Golf), Amanda Hill (Volleyball), Javon Young (Men's Track), and Tyler Thornburg (Baseball) will comprise the class of 2017 and will be inducted on October 28, 2017.

"The 2017 Hall of Fame Class is an outstanding group that well represents the aspirations of our student-athletes," Athletic Director Hank Small said about the class. "During their careers, there were championships won, Conference Player of the Year honors gained, and three are currently playing professionally. It was a great pleasure watching each of them compete for CSU."

Kelvin Martin – Men's Basketball – 2009-2012
Martin finished up his playing career at Charleston Southern as only the third player in Big South Conference history to tally more than 1,000 points (1,483), 900 rebounds (968), 200 steals (222) and 100 blocks (123). He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year selection, a two-time Big South All-Conference pick and capped his career as the league's third all-time leading rebounder. He was the driving force in CSU's 19-12, 2011-12 season, the program's first winning campaign in 16 years, and his contributions both on and off the court laid the foundation for CSU's Big South regular season championship clubs in 2012-13 and 2014-15. Since graduating from CSU, Martin has enjoyed a strong professional playing career featuring stints in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. He will start his sixth professional season this fall after coming to an agreement with Vanoli Cremona in Italy's top professional league, Serie A.

Olivia Jordan-Higgins – Golf – 2007-2010
Jordan-Higgins capped off a wildly successful career on the links with the Bucs by winning the 2010 Big South Championship. She was a four-time All-Big South selection, the 2009 Big South Golfer of the Year and a 12-time Big South Golfer of the Week throughout her career. She was key to the Bucs' Big South championship teams in both 2008 and 2010. She was the Bucs' top individual finisher in both of CSU's NCAA Regional appearances those same years. Her three-round score of 215 set in 2010 is the third-lowest in Big South history and helped the Bucs to a 23-stroke win at the championship. Now playing on the Symetra Tour, Jordan-Higgins has three career victories, 14 Top 10 finishes, and over $150,000 in career earnings.

Amanda Hill – Volleyball – 2007-2011
Hill became just the second volleyball player in CSU history to earn Conference Player of the Year honors, doing so in 2010. She was a four-time All-Big South selection and a three-time First Team honoree, as well as a seven-time Big South Player of the Week pick. Hill's name is found at the top of the CSU record books in a number of career and single-season categories. She holds the program's single-season and career records for kills and attacks, posting the top-three single-season kill totals in CSU history. She ranks third all-time in the Big South in kills and is the only player in league history to have 1,900 kills and 1,500 digs. In 2010, she finished top-10 nationally in kills and points per set.

Javon Young – Men's Track – 2009-2012
Javon Young was a dominant force for Charleston Southern in both Indoor and Outdoor Track. The CSU alum was a three-time Big South Most Outstanding Indoor Track Performer in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as doubling up and earning Most Outstanding Outdoor Track Performer accolades in 2012. A versatile performer, Young still currently holds the CSU Outdoor records in the men's 100m (10.17) and 200m (20.64) and was a member of five different 4x100 meter relay teams that sit in the top 10 in program history in times. He anchored the team that set the school record of 39.60 at the Georgia Tech Invitational in 2012. He also doubled up in long jump in the outdoor circuit with the seventh longest jump in school history of 24' 5 1/2". Indoors, Young holds the school record for the 55m (6.35), 60m (6.64), and 200m (20.93m). He was the starting leg of the CSU 4x200m relay team that set the school record in 2010 at the New Balance Invitational with a time of 1:25.47. His 100m and 200m dash times in the outdoor setting are in the top three all-time in Big South Conference history, while his 60m and 200m dash times indoors are still the standards for the conference.

Tyler Thornburg – Baseball – 2008-2010
Thornburg left CSU as one of the most versatile players in Buccaneer baseball history. He finished his CSU career with 134 hits and 24 home runs at the plate but truly shined on the rubber. The right-handed ace recorded 123 strikeouts in 108.1 innings over his final two seasons as a Buccaneer, holding opponents to a .212 batting average in his junior season on his way to earning Big South Player of the Week honors twice. Thornburg was selected in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his MLB debut in 2012 at age 23. He spent five years with the Brewers' organization, appearing in 144 games and posting a 2.87 ERA with 220 strikeouts in 219.2 innings pitched. Thornburg was one of the key pieces in a trade to the Boston Red Sox during last year's Winter Meetings. 

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