HIGH POINT, N.C. - Former UNC Asheville men's basketball player Josh Pittman was inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame Thursday night in the league's annual induction ceremony at High Point University.
The Winston-Salem native who played for the Bulldogs from 1994 through 1998 was one of five former student-athletes and one former coach to be inducted on Thursday. He becomes the third UNC Asheville student-athlete to be inducted into the league's Hall of Fame. Pittman joins former volleyball player Ilona Fekete and women's soccer player Jill Young Booth as part of the 41 members of the Hall of Fame.
Josh was named Big South Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998 -- and was just the second player at the time to be named Men's Basketball Player of the Year twice, as he helped lead the Bulldogs to two consecutive Big South regular-season titles in 1997 and 1998 -- the school's first such championships. He led the Big South in scoring with an 18.4 per game average in 1997-98, becoming the first UNC Asheville player to lead the Conference in scoring, while posting the sixth-highest scoring average in school history. He also tied for the League-lead in field goal percentage that season. Pittman was a two-time First-Team All-Big South honoree and earned All-Tournament Team honors in 1998. He finished his career as UNC Asheville's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,547 points -- the most in the program's Division I history, as well as the Bulldogs' all-time steals leader with 175, which now ranks second in school history. Pittman, who graduated as the Big South's 11th leading scorer, now ranks among the top 20 in Conference history in scoring, steals and field goals made (588). Upon graduation, he has enjoyed a long and productive professional career internationally, and is currently playing for the Halcones UV Cordoba in Mexico. Pittman was inducted into the UNC Asheville Hall of Fame in February 2010.