Wieters, Buckner, McKie join S.C. Hall of Fame

Former Citadel baseball player Richard Wieters (left), shown here with his son Matt in 2008, is part of the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame Class for 2015. Mic Smith/Staff

Former Citadel baseball standout Richard Wieters is part of a 2016 South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame Class that features South Carolina Gamecocks basketball career scoring leader BJ McKie and 10-year NBA veteran Greg Buckner of Clemson.

The group also includes versatile former New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, former Gamecocks basketball players Art Whisnant and Martha Parker Hester, longtime coach and administrator Buddy Sasser, and the late Flint Rhem, a Clemson and Major League Baseball pitcher.

The class will be enshrined May 16 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets for the dinner and reception are available at southcarolinaathletichalloffame.org or 803-779-0905.

Wieters, a Charleston native, was a third-team All-American at the Citadel and played in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. Though better known now as the father of current big league catcher Matt Wieters, Richard twice was named Southern Conference Player of the Year and starred for the Bulldogs as a pitcher and hitter. He was the Braves’ fifth-round pick in the 1977 draft.

Wieters led the Citadel in hitting three consecutive years and led the team in wins two straight seasons. Wieters had a .343 career batting average that spanned 117 games. He was added to the Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.

McKie, currently an assistant coach at Charleston Southern, surpassed Alex English as the Gamecocks’ career scoring leader with 2,119 points from 1996-1999. While playing for head coach Eddie Fogler, the Irmo High School graduate helped South Carolina win its only SEC basketball title and played a key role on Gamecocks NCAA Tournament teams in 1997 and 1998.

McKie is one of only five Gamecocks to have his jersey retired.

Buckner, after his 1994-1998 stint at Clemson, played for the Mavericks, Nuggets, 76ers, Timberwolves and Grizzlies in the NBA. He helped the Tigers make the NCAA Tournament three times under head coach Rick Barnes and ranks fourth on the Clemson career scoring list with 1,754 points.

Brown, a Barnwell native who graduated from Blackville-Hilda High School, was the Patriots’ eight-round draft pick in 1993 out of Marshall. While in college, he helped the Thundering Herd win an NCAA Division I-AA national title. In 15 seasons with New England, he retired as the franchise career receptions leader, earned three Super Bowl rings and also played as a returner and defensive back.

Whisnant, a 6-4 post player at South Carolina from 1959-1962, was a three-time All-ACC first-team selection. He made the ACC All-Tournament team in 1962. Whisnant averaged 19.1 points in 79 games over three varsity seasons.

Hester, known as Martha Parker in college, averaged 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks from 1985-1989. She ranks fifth on South Carolina’s career scoring list with 1,728 points and played in 124 games with 122 starts. The SEC in 2000 honored Dr. Martha Parker-Hester, a graduate of USC’s medical school, as South Carolina’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sasser, a Conway native, was a quarterback at Conway High School and at North Carolina. He served as head football coach at Conway High, Wofford and East Tennessee State and was the athletic director at Coastal Carolina. Sasser later became commissioner of the Big South Conference, serving from 1989-1996.

Rhem pitched for Clemson in 1922 and 1923 before playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. He helped St. Louis win the World Series in 1926 and 1931, and pitched in the 1928 and 1930 World Series. Rhem also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves. Over a 12-year major league career, Rhem went 105-97 with a 3.21 ERA.