The Temple University
Basketball Ring of Honor will honor its third class of inductees during the 2018-19 season with two former women's basketball standouts, the late Mimi Carroll Kurtz (1982-86) and Claudrena Harold (1994-97), and four former men's basketball greats, Howard Evans (1984-88), Ed Lerner (1946-49), Tim Perry (1984-88) and the late Jerry Rullo (1941-46), joining the elite group.
Carroll Kurtz and Harold will be recognized when the women's basketball team hosts #1 UConn on Sunday, January 20. Evans, Lerner, Perry and Rullo will be honored at the men's basketball game against Tulsa on Saturday, February 23.
The fourth highest scorer in Temple women's basketball history at the time of her graduation, Carroll Kurtz tallied 1,290 points and averaged 11.6 points in 111 games. She owned the Temple record for free throws in one game, making 14 foul shots against Maryland ('86). Temple's leading scorer as a senior, the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Famer averaged 15.2 points per game in earning All-Big 5 first team in 1985-86. Carroll Kurtz went into the education field upon graduation, serving as a teacher at Pinelands Regional Regional Middle School before passing away in 2009 from cancer.
A two-time first team all-Philadelphia Big 5 honoree, Harold was a scoring machine for the Temple women's basketball team in the '90s. The Jacksonville, Fla. native tallied 1,251 points in her three seasons, which ranked sixth on the all-time list when she completed her career. Her 15.1 points per game average still ranks third in the Owl record books. The three-time Owl scoring leader also was a standout in the classroom, earning Academic All-Atlantic 10 honors in her final season. The 2008 Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee earned Big 5 Rookie of the Year and second team all-league honors in 1994-95. Harold went on to earn her master's ('01) and doctoral ('04) degrees from Notre Dame and currently is a professor at the University of Virginia.
The men's honorees feature a pair of teammates as Lerner and Rullo played together for one season in the 40s while Evans and Perry were on the same team all four seasons, including the 1987-88 Owls' squad that ended the regular season ranked #1 in the nation.
A starter since his freshman season in 1945-46, Lerner scored 899 points over an 85-game career with the Owls. He led Temple in scoring during the 1946-47 season with a 10.2 average and twice was the Owls' second highest scorer. He starred in numerous games and some of his top performances came against nationally ranked opponents. As a junior, he averaged 13.3 points per game while becoming the first Temple player to score 200 or more points in three straight seasons. That same season he scored 22 points in a 60-59 upset of Kentucky, one of only two losses for the Wildcat team that would go on to win the 1948 NCAA Championship.
A three-sport star for the Owls from 1941 to 1946, Rullo captained the basketball and soccer teams and also played baseball. His college days were interrupted by World War II, where he served in the United States Army. Rullo returned to Temple for his senior season in 1945-46, where he averaged 8.2 points per game. A physical education for the Frankford Friends School for over 20 years, Rullo played professionally for five seasons upon his graduation and was the last living member of the 1946-47 Philadelphia Warriors championship basketball team at the time of his passing in October 2016. He also was a longtime college basketball referee who worked many Philadelphia Big 5 games in his officiating career.
Evans, who owns the school records for single season (294) and career (748) assists, was the starting point guard for Owl teams that posted back-to-back 32-win seasons in 1986-87 and 1987-88. Evans was instrumental in Temple's incredible success during that two-year period with the Owls ranked as high as fifth in '86-87 and topping the polls for the final six weeks of his senior campaign in '87-88. A first team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Big 5 honoree as a senior, Evans ranks 23rd on Temple's all-time scoring list with 1,459 points and fourth on the school's all-time steals list with 268. In arguably the greatest Big 5 game ever played, Evans dished a school-record tying 20 assists to help #1 Temple defeat #10 Villanova, 98-86, at McGonigle Hall.
Perry, who is Temple's all-time leader with 392 blocked shots, was the recipient of many of Evans' assists as the two combined to lead the Owls to 114 wins, the most-ever victories over a four-year time span. Perry, who is tied for the school career field goal percentage record, owns three of Temple's top single season block totals. The 6-9 forward scored 1,368 points and his 985 rebounds rank seventh all-time at the school. Perry, who is one of eight Temple players selected in the first round of the NBA, played eight seasons in the league where he scored over 3,000 points and grabbed nearly 2,000 rebounds. The 1988 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year was a two-time first team all-conference honoree and a three-time all-Big 5 first team selection.
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