Jan. 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rick Mount and Sharon Versyp, two legendary Indiana high school stars before becoming Purdue standouts, have been selected among the 24 Legends of Mackey Arena.
The Purdue University basketball facility is celebrating a $99.5 million expansion/renovation this season by recognizing the 12 most-popular Boilermaker men's and 12 most popular women's players, who have competed in the arena since its dedication in 1967, as the Legends of Mackey. The 24 were chosen through a two-month on-line voting process by fans that garnered some 10,000 ballots.
Mount, who was one of greatest scorers in the history of Indiana prep basketball playing for Lebanon High School, was a Boilermaker star for three years (1968-70), becoming Purdue's all-time leading scorer with 2,323 points and an average of 32.3 points per game while carrying his 1969 team to the Final Four.
Versyp, now the Purdue head women's basketball coach, came to West Lafayette from Mishawaka High School. She was the first Indiana Miss Basketball to become a Boilermaker and emerged as the women's program's second all-time leading scorer following her four-year career from 1985 to 1988. Her 1,565 points still rank 11th.
The remaining Legends of Mackey Arena will be announced two per week through the end of March. After the entire list becomes public, a line of products will be developed, including shirts, posters and calendars. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the 6th Boiler Scholarship Fund, which is raising money through the John Purdue Club to ultimately endow Boilermaker basketball scholarships.
Legends of Mackey Arena
Jan. 9: Rick Mount, Sharon Versyp