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Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees announced

Courtney Williams played for USF from 2012-16 and was the only player in program history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists. She, along with Matthew O’Neal and Jeff Davis, will be inducted into the 2020 USF Hall of Fame. ORACLE FILE PHOTO

A new list of names will officially be etched into USF Athletics history.

Courtney Williams (women’s basketball, 2012-16), Matthew O’Neal (men’s track and field, 2012-16) and Jeff Davis (men’s tennis, 1975-79) will be the next class to be inducted into the USF Hall of Fame, Athletics announced Monday.

This year’s class will be the seventh inducted into the Hall of Fame, which began in 2009. Last year’s Hall of Fame class was the first since 2013.

“We had so many tremendous candidates for the committee to choose from this year and I am thrilled to welcome this Hall of Fame class that has left an indelible mark on USF Athletics,” USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said in a statement. “This will be the seventh class to be inducted and we look forward to welcoming the inductees back to USF for a great event at some point in the future when it is appropriate for us to do so.”

Dates and details for the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.

About the inductees

Courtney Williams

Williams will be the fourth women’s basketball player to be inducted, following Wanda Guyton (2009), Jessica Dickson (2012) and Shantia Grace (2019).

She was the only player in program history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists while leading USF to four straight 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament second-round appearances and a WNIT semifinal appearance.

Williams ranks second in career scoring (2,304), second in games played (138), third in rebounds (931), seventh in blocks (93) and ninth in assists (318). She was a member of the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team and was named to the first-team all-conference and all-tournament at the AAC tournament three times.

Setting the USF single-season high with 763 points in 2015-16, Williams broke her own 710-point record set in 2014-15.

She had eight 30-point games, including a career-best 35 against Temple in 2014.

Williams was drafted eighth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. After a three-year run with the Connecticut Sun, which included winning the Eastern Conference in 2019, she was traded to the Atlanta Dream in 2020 and averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Matthew O’Neal

The first men’s track and field athlete to be inducted, O’Neal was the first six-time All-American in USF Athletics history, winning six conference championships in the triple jump and claiming both indoor and outdoor titles in the Big East in 2013, as well as AAC titles from 2014-16.

He qualified for the NCAA Championships six times, placing second indoors and third outdoors in 2016.

O’Neal holds program records for the triple jump both indoors (54-8) and outdoors (55-9¾). He also posted a top-seven national NCAA triple jump record four times outdoors and twice indoors.

Outdoors he reached as high as No. 2 with 55-9¾ and as high as No. 3 indoors with 54-8.

He was a dual-sport athlete and was a defender for the men’s soccer program, playing in 32 games and scoring two goals from 2013-14.

After his time at USF, O’Neal went on to place fifth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the triple jump and sixth in the 2018 USA Track and Field Indoor Championships.

Jeff Davis

Davis, the first-ever men’s tennis player to be inducted into the USF Hall of Fame, was a top athlete in the Sun Belt Conference in the late 1970s, being named conference MVP in 1979 and leading the Bulls to four straight league crowns.

He won three conference singles championships, three doubles championships and helped lead USF to three consecutive championships from 1977-79.

Davis went undefeated from 1977-79 and his 174 career wins — 91 in singles and 83 in doubles — set a program record.

He was named the USF Athlete of the Year in 1979, and the year before he was listed at No. 6 in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Men’s Under 21 rankings. 

Davis went on to have a successful professional career, winning four USTA Florida Championship titles and reaching No. 1 in the USTA singles rank in Florida 12 times. 

He was named the USTA Florida Adult Player of the Year in both 1994 and 2004 and was ranked in the top 10 of the USTA national singles rankings 12 times.

In 1994, he was picked to compete on the USTA Italia Cup Men’s 35 teams and was also a part of the 2004 International Club Men’s 45’s team that won in Barcelona.

Davis won two USTA National Category I Championships — a doubles title in 1993 and a singles title in 1994. He also claimed seven International Tennis Federation (ITF) titles — three singles wins and four doubles titles — and was ranked in the top 10 of the ITF World rankings four times in his career.