Former Canisius basketball players “Sugar” Ray Hall and Kara (Haun) Rehbaum have been selected to be a part of the MAAC Honor Roll Class of 2014-15. Hall and Rehbaum will be enshrined into the “MAAC Experience” exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The all-time career scoring leader in Canisius basketball history, Hall tallied 2,226 career points in 115 career games as a Golden Griffin from 1981-85. A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Hall averaged 16.5 points per game or better for his entire career, highlighted by his 20.9 points per game scoring average in 1984-85, and his 628 total points that season in 30 games ranks third on the school’s single season scoring list. During his time as a Griff, Hall helped the Blue and Gold to a combined record of 69-46 and in his senior season of 1984-85, the Griffs earned a berth into the NIT. Currently, Hall ranks among the top-10 in 10 different career statistical categories and in addition to being the program’s all-time leading scorer, he is the school’s career leader in career field goals made (812), career field goals attempted (1,646), career free-throws made (602) and career steals (219). A member of the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, Hall was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the fifth round of the 1985 NBA Draft, he played eight years of professional basketball after leaving Canisius with his degree in communications and sociology. He has also been voted to the All-Time Little Three Team and the Canisius College All-Century Team.
Kara (Haun) Rehbaum earned four varsity letters as a member of the Canisius women’s basketball team from 1980-84. During her time as a student-athlete at Canisius, Rehbaum played a key role in helping the Golden Griffins post a 90-21 overall record during her four years, and she was a part of the 1982-83 team that went 28-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The program’s all-time career rebounding leader with 1,075 boards, Rehbaum was a three-time All-American and she ended her career with 1,661 career points. Those 1,661 career points stood as the program’s all-time scoring record for 13 seasons, and she currently ranks third all-time in career scoring in the program’s record book. Rehbaum went on to coach the Canisius women’s program for five seasons from 1993-98 and she was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 1994 after leading the Blue and Gold to an 18-9 overall mark and an 11-3 record in MAAC play. A member of the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, she currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director and SWA at Division III Hilbert College, located in Hamburg, N.Y.
Each member institution of the MAAC honors one male and one female from its basketball “family” as part of the 2014-15 induction class. A dinner event will be held Nov. 1, at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams to recognize the Honor Roll inductees.The MAAC Council of Presidents has named Barbara Church, Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator of the MAAC, the 2014-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Honoree for her service and dedication to the MAAC, student-athletes and member institutions throughout her career in athletic administration. Each honoree will be profiled in the game program for the 2015 MAAC Basketball Championships, and will also be featured in a video display at “The MAAC Experience”.