The Southern Illinois University Department of Athletics announced on Thursday its 2013 Saluki Hall of Fame Class. The distinguished, six-person class, which will be formally inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, is headlined by first-ballot inductees Jamaal Tatum (Men's Basketball), Arkee Whitlock (Football) and Cassidy Scoggins (Softball), as well as Becky Lis (Softball), Joe Wallis (Baseball) and Tom McAneney (Swimming).
Tatum (2003-07) led the Salukis to the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007. He ranks seventh in career scoring (1,667), fourth in career 3-pointers made (220), eighth in career steals (159) and 13th in career assists (309).
In his senior year, Tatum was the MVC Player of the Year, an Honorable Mention All-American and Second-Team Academic All-American. He is the school's career scoring leader in NCAA Tournament games (99) and MVC Tournament games (158). The team record during his career was 103-31, and SIU won the MVC regular-season title three times and MVC Tournament once. Presently, he is the head coach and teaches at Russellville H.S. (Mo.).
Whitlock (2004-06) had a remarkable three-year career as a running back for the Salukis and ranks second in career rushing yards (4,241) behind only Tom Koutsos. He is also second in career rushing TDs (51), 100-yard rushing games (20), and set the school record for rushing TDs in a season (25) in 2006.
Whitlock was the College Sporting News National Player of the Year (2006) and a two-time First-Team All-American (2005, 2006). He was a unanimous All-American in 2006 and finished third in Payton Award voting -- the highest finish by a player in school history. He was a three-time All-Conference pick and played in the 2006 Hula Bowl after his senior year. After being released by the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, he played three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. He currently works as a high school football coach.
Scoggins (2004-07) was a three-time First Team All-MVC (2005, 2006, 2007) selection and one of the most dominating pitchers in school history. In 2006, she was named the MVC Pitcher of the Year. She ranks second in career wins (81), complete games (79), shutouts (35) and no-hitters (6), and third in strikeouts (713).
She helped lead the Salukis to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was a nember of two MVC Championship teams. Among her many honors were MVC All-Tournament Team (2007), All-Great Lakes Region First-Team (2005, 2006), MVC Scholar Athlete First-Team (2006, 2007) and CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District (2005, 2006). Presently, she works as a dietician for a hospital in Texas.
Lis (1994-1997) played third base for the Salukis and was a two-time First Team All-MVC (1996, 1997) selection. She ranks first in career average (.362) and doubles (47), second in career hits (221) and triples (18), third in runs scored (150) and sixth in RBI (122). She was also a Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region pick (1994, 1997).
The Salukis recorded a winning record all four seasons that Lis played. During her senior year, SIU posted a 41-16 record that included wins over Mississippi, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Michigan. Lis currently works as a rehabilitation therapist and also own the Joe Lis Baseball School.
Wallis (1971-1973) was the leading hitter on Southern's 1971 College World Series team, hitting an amazing .446, which is still the school's single-season record for batting average. The Salukis finished 43-9 that year, losing to USC in the finals. He ranks third in career batting average (.388), sixth in career triples (14) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.629).
Wallis was named a First-Team All-American in 1973 and went on to play professionally for the Chicago Cubs (1975-78) and Oakland A's (1978-79). He is now semi-retired.
McAneney (1964-66) was a five-time All-American in the 100, 200, 500 and 1650 Freestyle in his junior and senior years. He finished third in the nation in the 1650 Free (17:10.20) and fourth in the nation in the 500 Free (4:57.10) at the 1964 NCAA Meet to earn All-American status. At the 1965 NCAA Meet, he placed third in the nation in the 500 Free (4:49.00).
As a team, SIU finished tied for 12th and ninth in the two years he earned All-American honors at the NCAAs. McAneney lives in Hutchinson Island, Fla., where he ran the largest swimming school in Dade County.