In the fourth of a nine-part series on the 2013 UA Sports Hall of Honor class, ArkansasRazorbacks.com takes a look back at the career of former basketball star Charles Balentine.
Charles Balentine was a four-year letter winner for the Razorbacks between 1982-85, he scored 817 career points and earned 397 rebounds. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in his 104 games at Arkansas. Balentine was a first-team all-district selection in 1985 after averaging 12.7 points 5.6 rebounds per game. He also led the Razorbacks in steals that season. The 6-6 forward hit 58.3 percent of his shots for his career, but none were more important than the one he hit against undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Carolina on Dec. 12, 1984 in Pine Bluff, Ark. In a game that featured future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty, it was Balentine’s baseline jumper in the final seconds that gave the Razorbacks the win and their first victory over a No. 1 ranked team in school history. Balentine helped Arkansas win the SWC regular season and tournament titles in 1982. During his career, he helped the Razorbacks advance to four NCAA Tournaments. Upon the completion of his Arkansas career, Balentine was a sixth round selection, No. 120 overall, of the Sacramento Kings in the 1985 National Basketball Association Draft.The 2013 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Aug. 30-31. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time Arkansas’ season opening football game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit RazorbackFoundation.com.