RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — It’s now official. WWAY Full Court Press analyst Chasity Melvin is now a member of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame. Melvin was inducted over the weekend in Raleigh. Of course, we had to make the trip in order check out some of the excitement.
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RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) — Chasity Melvin has known since the age of eleven that she wanted to be a basketball player. Seven years later, she began a storied career at NC State during which she led the program to its first and only Final Four appearance as a senior in 1998. Her 37 points in a loss to eventual runner-up Louisiana Tech ranks among the top single-game scoring performances in program history and came just after she was named the NCAA East Regional MVP.
To anyone who takes a glance at a list of this and other accomplishments from Melvin’s Wolfpack career, it should come as no surprise that she is being inducted into the third class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame in October. No one except, perhaps, Melvin herself, who calls the honor is humbling and admits it is one that she never even imagined.
“It’s really humbling because it was one of the goals that I didn’t really set for myself,” Melvin said. “So when you get acknowledged for this type of award, something you never even dreamt about, it’s very humbling. I’m just really grateful.
“For other awards, I’d set a goal like ‘Oh, I want to be an All Star,’ or ‘oh I want to be on an All-WNBA team’, or ‘I want to have my jersey retired’. I’m really excited about this one because I’m going to be a part of NC State athletics history forever.”
Melvin is still the owner of several individual records at NC State and her aforementioned 37-point mark in the 1998 national semifinal was only just recently broken. Yet even when being honored for her own personal achievements, Melvin’s team-first attitude is still evident today.
“One day someone’s going to beat all my records, and hopefully the NC State women’s basketball team will go back to the Final Four again and win it,” she said. “I want that for the program.”
Melvin began making an impact as soon as she joined the Wolfpack and still holds the title for most points scored as a freshman as well as most field goals made by a freshman. In addition to being named ACC Rookie of the year, this freshman campaign earned her nomination to both the ACC All-Freshman team and the All-Tournament team, paving the way for future success. Melvin went on to become the first player in NC State history to lead the team in field goal percentage all four years of her college career and only the second player in NC State history to obtain 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
With appearances in the NCAA Tournament each season, Melvin also holds tournament career records for most games played (11), most points (230), and most rebounds (82). In addition, she was elected to the NCAA All-Final Four team her senior year and was named a Kodak All-American.
Finishing her career at NC State fourth on the all-time points list with 2,042, Melvin went on to be drafted 11th overall by the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers in 1999. This began an illustrious twelve-year professional career during which she also played for the Washington Mystics and Chicago Sky in addition to making successful stops in Italy, Israel, Spain, Poland, and Russia.
Melvin will be joining former players Andrea Stinson (class of 2013) and Genia Beasley (class of 2012) in the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame. She credits another member of the Hall of Fame, her former coach Kay Yow (2012 inaugural class inductee), with her own induction.
“This award really has a lot to do with everything she taught me, both as a player and as the person she shaped me to be during my four years at State,” Melvin said. “Everything she taught me really helped me in my professional career as well, and really helped me have the longevity I did in the WNBA. I learned so much from her, especially coming from a small town and not really knowing a lot about basketball or what it means to play it at such a high level.”
**Note: Chasity Melvin is the co-host and analyst for WWAY’s Full Court Press
Monday High School Scoreboard
HARRELLS CHRISTIAN 3 – COASTAL CHRISTIAN 1
ASHLEY 3 – RICHLANDS 0
WHITEVILLE 7 – WEST COLUMBUS 3
PENDER 5 – WEST BLADEN 0
COASTAL CHRISTIAN 8 – HARRELLS CHRISTIAN 1
RICHARD WETHERILL SCORED TWICE & HAD 3 ASSISTS FOR THE CENTURIONS
TRASK 1 – EAST BLADEN 0
BLAKE JOYCE HAD 14 SAVES, SIMON GREIS SCORED THE GAME WINNER FOR TRASK, MARTIN RAMIREZ ASSIST
CROATAN 7 – NORTH BRUNSWICK 2
EAST COLUMBUS 4 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 3
EAST DUPLIN 3 – SW ONSLOW 2
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