Queens Inducts First Men's Basketball Team into the Hall of Fame
On Friday, November 1, 13 men reunited at Queens for the 2013 Royals Hall of Fame event. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of basketball at Queens, the first men's basketball team to step foot on the campus, which was then Queens College, was honored.
"We want to celebrate this team and the immediate impact they made during their time at Queens," said Jeannie King, director of athletics. "This is a spectacular group of young men who believed in Queens and Coach Dale Layer's vision to lay the foundation for Royals Basketball."
The 13-member team, which included Sean Kelly, Evan Ageloff, Darrell Timberlake, Bobby Lindauer, Reggie Dixon, Stacey Waits, Todd Schmid, Marcus Stubblefield, Walter Aikens, Jody Wright, Shawn Mitchell, Ray Hart and Michael Ates, took a chance in deciding to attend the previously all-female institution; and under the leadership of head coach Dale Layer and assistant coach Ritchie McKay, they helped to forever change the culture of the Queens community.
The 1989-90 team described as, "a royal birth in college basketball's heartland," on the first Queens media guide, was made up of nine freshmen, one sophomore and three juniors. First year head coach Dale Layer led the young squad to a 5-0 start, which included an 85-82 win over NCAA Division III powerhouse Averett College, and a 73-68 road win over NCAA Division I Central Florida.
By year two, the Royals were ready to make their mark in the South, turning in a 20-8 overall record. The team was led by 2010 Royals Hall of Fame Class member Walter Aikens, who scored an average of 20.1 points per game. The season was highlighted with another 5-0 start and a 72-64 win over NCAA Division I Winthrop College, giving the Royals a 2-0 record over DI opponents.
In year four, the group of young men who had put in the work to lay the foundation for the men's basketball program at Queens ended their careers with another 20-8 season. Senior Marcus Stubblefield led his team with 13.6 points per game, while Todd Schmid added an average of 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds on each outing. In four seasons, the 1989-90 freshman class had posted a 65-46 record leaving their footprint in Queens' history.
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