Small in number. Huge in impact.
That’s the resume of the University of Hawaii Sports Circle of Honor’s newest class. Inducted tomorrow will be basketball player Anthony Carter, volleyball player Yuval Katz, and the late Richard Furtado, who competed in both football and track and field.
Katz will attend tomorrow’s luncheon and the induction ceremony at halftime of the men’s basketball game.
Carter, a two-time Associated Press honorable mention All-American, helped the Rainbows to two National Invitation Tournament appearances (1996 and ’97) and the 1997 Western Athletic Conference regular-season title en route to being named the WAC player of the year.
Carter has had a lengthy pro career and yesterday was part of the blockbuster trade that sent him, Carmelo Anthony and others from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks. In 2004, Carter donated $100,000 to establish the AC Carter Scholarship Fund.
Katz led the Warriors to consecutive final fours in 1995 and ’96 and was a two-time AVCA All-American and the 1996 AVCA co-player of the year. He holds the program’s top two single-season kill marks of 757 in ’95 and 687 in ’96.
Katz turned pro after his sophomore season and played nine years before retiring to Israel in 2007.
Furtado, who died in 2006 at 93, was a member of the undefeated football "Wonder Team" of 1935 and threw a touchdown pass in Hawaii’s 14-0 upset of California. Considered one of the state’s greatest track and field athletes, he later coached the team for two seasons and also was the state’s amateur golf champion at age 42.