Jan. 26, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University letterwinner Ray Sundquist is among the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball greats who will be inducted into the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, March 12, at the Hall of Honor breakfast held during the Pac-10 basketball tournament.
Ray "Sundy" Sundquist played at Washington State from 1939-41, and was the captain of the 1941 Cougar basketball team that went to the final of the NCAA Tournament. Sundquist proved to be an outstanding playmaker and scorer at guard, helping his team set a Pacific Coast Conference record by winning 13-consecutive conference games.
Sundquist led the 1941 team to the Northern Division title with a 13-3 record and defeated Stanford for the Pacific Coast Conference championship. That year marked the Cougars first NCAA Tournament appearance in which Washington State went on to defeat Creighton and previously unbeaten Arkansas. In the school's only trip to the NCAA championship game the Cougars lost to the East champion Wisconsin Badgers 39-34.
Sundquist was named to the Helm's Foundation All-American team at the conclusion of the 1941 season. He also was a first team All-Northern Division pick and was voted to the All-Pacific Coast Conference team that year. He was inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
The Hoquiam, Wash., native came to Pullman to study architecture, and while attending school he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the senior scholarship service honorary Crimson Circle, and was the senior class president.
Following his Washington State career Sundquist served in the Army from 1943-46 in the South Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain. He was highly decorated for his service including being awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the World War II Victory Medal.
During the 1970s Sundquist owned the popular Misfit Restaurant in Pullman with current WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos, and he became a prominent businessman in the Grays Harbor area of Washington for many years. He passed away on Aug. 11, 1990, at the age of 71.
The other individuals in this year's class to be inducted include: Michael Dickerson (Arizona), Isaac Austin (Arizona State), Bob McKeen (California), Charlie Warren (Oregon), Charlie White (Oregon State), Brevin Knight (Stanford), Don MacLean (UCLA), Harold Miner (USC) and Todd MacCulloch (Washington).