Former Laurinburg athlete to be added to ECU HOF

Corbin Ensminger Sports Editor

November 8, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Don Harris will be posthumously inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Pete and Lynn Murphy Center on campus today.

Harris, a Laurinburg native, was a four-year starter for the Pirates basketball team from 1954-57 and earned three All-Conference selections. He averaged 20 points per game as a forward and was a co-captain during his senior season. He helped lead ECU to the North State Conference championship in 1956, which earned them a spot in the NAIA National Championship tournament.

Guy Mendenhall was teammate of Harris’ at ECU. Mendenhall, a center, was year behind Harris and said he was one of the best athletes he has ever seen play.

“I came in the first day of practice and they told me to guard Harris. At that time I didn’t know who Harris was, so I started guarding him and he was pulling the ball and going all around me,” Mendenhall said.

Harris is one of five inductees for the Hall of Fame. The others will be: Carter Suggs for track and field, Tammy Putnam-Lenox for swimming and dive, Harold Randolph for football and Sylvia Bragg for basketball.