PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers women’s basketball standout and current Scarlet Knight coordinator of basketball operations Sue Wicks will be one of 10 inductees into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni May 7 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.
Wicks (1984-88) remains the most highly-decorated player in RU women’s basketball history, garnering three Kodak All-America awards and earning 1988 national player-of-the-year recognition from Naismith, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the Women’s Basketball News Service and Street & Smith’s. A member of the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and one of only two Knights to have her jersey retired, Wicks still owns the RU career records for points (2,655), rebounds (1,357), scoring average (21.2 ppg), rebounding average (10.9 rpg), field goals made (1,091) and attempted (2,099), free throws made (473) and attempted (641), and blocked shots (293).
As a senior, Wicks, a native of Center Moriches, NY, established single-season records for points (793), field goals made (319), free throws made (155) and scoring average (25.6 ppg), while as a junior she set the rebounding (404) and blocked shots (97) standards. A three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year (1986-88), she led Rutgers to a 105-21 (.833) record, two Atlantic 10 Tournament titles (1986-87) and three NCAA Tournament bids (1986-88), including two Elite Eight finishes (1986-87). For her postseason exploits, Wicks was named the MVP of the 1986 and 1988 Atlantic 10 Tournaments, the co-MVP in 1987, and a member of the 1986 and 1987 NCAA All-East Regional Teams.
A gold medalist at the 1987 Pan-American Games, Wicks spent more than 15 years playing professionally overseas. When the WNBA was formed in 1997, she was the first-round selection of her hometown New York Liberty, where she played for six seasons before announcing her retirement in April of 2003. Wicks played more than 3,900 minutes during her career, helping the Liberty win four Eastern Conference titles while averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Liberty’s all-time leader in blocked shots (155) and rebounds (788), Wicks was named a 2000 WNBA All-Star and was presented the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2000 season.
The Hall of Distinguished Alumni was created in 1987 by the Rutgers University Alumni Federation to recognize those whose superior achievements in professional and civic life have brought honor to themselves and the University. This year’s 10-member induction class will bring the Hall’s total membership to 166.
Wicks is the 13th member of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni with ties to athletics – Frank R. Burns (RU football player and coach); Deron L. Cherry (NFL player and owner, business entrepreneur, RU football); Jerry Izenberg (sports writer); Edward M. Jordan (NBA player and coach, RU basketball); Robert E. Kelley (U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, RU football and lacrosse, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame); Alexander S. Kroll (businessman; RU football); Oswald “Ozzie” Nelson (entertainer, RU football); Paul Robeson (actor, singer and activist; RU football, basketball and baseball); David Stern (NBA commissioner); Jeffrey A. Torborg (MLB player, coach, manager and broadcaster; RU baseball); James “Jimmy” Valvano (college basketball coach, broadcaster, RU basketball); and David A. “Sonny” Werblin (corporate executive, sportsman).
Wicks earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental issues and economics from Cook College.
In her first season as the Scarlet Knight coordinator of basketball operations, Rutgers (28-7, 14-2 BIG EAST), the BIG EAST regular-season champion and BIG EAST Tournament runner-up, advanced to the regional final of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights were ranked seventh in the final WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.