Kirk Cameron Ayars '79
Ayars was a pioneer in women's athletics at Davidson College. It was her suggestion to college administrators that helped form a field hockey program. She went on to participate in field hockey and was named to the All-Deep South first team. She also played number one singles on the women's tennis team, compiling a 6-2 record as a senior. However, she was nationally ranked in a sport in which Davidson has never had a team - squash.
Basil M. Boyd, Jr.
Boyd, who graduated in 1950 from Wake Forest University, becomes the third inductee in the Wildcats Hall of Fame who was not a Davidson alumnus. One of Charlotte's leading orthopedic surgeons at the Miller Clinic, he served Wildcat athletics as team doctor for nearly 30 years. Boyd attended Charlotte Central High School, where he competed in football and track. Although his degree was not from Davidson, Boyd was one of the Wildcats' most enthusiastic fans and benefactors. The training facility in Baker Sports Complex is named in his honor. Two of his children, Manly '88 and Hunter '78, attended Davidson. Boyd died in 1995. He was represented at the Hall of Fame ceremonies by his wife, Betty, and their children.
Derek A. Rucker '88
A former basketball standout, Rucker made the Wildcats' Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He is one of five former basketball players whose jersey is retired and is third on Davidson's all-time scoring list, with 1,952 points. He was a first team CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American, twice the Southern Conference Tournament MVP, and was named to the All-Southern Conference team three times. Rucker led Davidson to the Southern Conference Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1986, and to the Southern Conference finals in 1987. He had a free agent tryout with the Cleveland Cavaliers after graduation in 1988. He makes his home in Australia, where he has played professional basketball since graduating from Davidson.