LeCharles Bentley, an All-American center for the Football Buckeyes in 2001 and Mike Conley, who helped lead the Basketball Buckeyes to 35 wins and a national championship game appearance in 2007, headline a group of eight who will be inducted into Ohio State's 2017 athletic Hall of Fame class.
Bentley lettered all four years at Ohio State and went on to play five seasons in the NFL, mostly with the New Orleans Saints. His career was cut short by injury when he joined the Cleveland Browns in 2006. He now has a successful business, training current and potential NFL linemen.
Conley is part of the Hall of Fame class, despite being a one-and-done star for Ohio State basketball in 2007, when he rewrote the Buckeye freshmen record book. He was best known in the regular season for his Big Ten Championship winning basket in the final seconds of a 49-48 Buckeye win over Wisconsin but it was in the post-season when Conley drew national attention. He was named 2007 NCAA South Regional Most Outstanding Player and eventually helped the Buckeyes make it all the way to the national championship game. He is currently a star in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Among the others heading into the Hall of Fame is Men's Volleyball Coach Pete Hanson, who had coached the Buckeyes to back-to-back National Championships. He has won three NCAA titles total--all since 2011. He has been the head coach of Ohio State Volleyball since 1985.
The other inductees are Tom Byers, track and field, Bryce Keough, wrestling, Nancy Pearson, swimming, Chelsea Davis, diving and Christina Manning, track and field.