Winston Crite, the former South High basketball standout who later starred at Texas A&M and played two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, will be inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame tonight.
Crite, 44, played at A&M from the 1983-84 through the 1986-87 seasons. He holds the school record with 200 blocked shots and is second in rebounds (913) and fifth in scoring (1,576 points).
He was a first-team All-Southwest Conference pick his senior year at A&M and was the SWC Tournament MVP when he helped the Aggies reach the NCAA tournament.
"It was totally a surprise," Crite said of his Hall of Fame selection. "It's really a high honor. I'm humbled by it."
Crite, who returned to Bakersfield after his retirement from basketball, is finishing up his MBA and working in real estate.
Crite also spends time with The Footwork Shop, a mentoring program for youngsters that he and his wife, Mechelle, started.
"I take a kid and I help him mold himself into something he wants to be," Crite said.
At South, Crite was The Californian's All-Area Player of the Year his senior year in 1983. As a sophomore, he helped the Rebels win the Central Section Yosemite Division championship.