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1999 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Wiley Horton & William (Bill) Aaron

(Basketball, 1956-60)

This pair of Lumberjacks led Arizona State College of Flagstaff to wins in 61 percent of the games they played, including a remarkable 38-9 (.809) mark against Frontier Conference foes.  ASC-Flagstaff won a pair of Frontier Conference championships, when Horton and Aaron were freshmen and sophomores.  Both players were two-team all-conference picks, Aaron as a center and Horton as a forward.  Aaron won the Joseph C. Rolle Award as the team's most valuable player in 1957 and Horton followed in 1958.  Both players are members of the NAU "1,000-point Club," as Aaron lists fifth all-time in scoring with 1,314 points and Horton is sixth with 1,250 points.  Aaron is still second all-time in rebounds with 812, and his career average of 11.9 rebounds per game still stands as the school record.  Orton attended Santa Cruz High School in Eloy, Arizona, while Aaron was a standout at Glendale High School.  Aaron died in April, 1999, after retiring from a 33-year career as a teacher in California.


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