Thomas R. Gauntlett

About This Inductee

Tom Guantlett was a storied athlete form Dallas High School. Tom lettered in basketball, baseball, football, golf and track while at Dallas. Although he was named All-Conference for football his sophomore and junior years he did not play his senior season since he had signed to play basketball for the University of North Carolina the spring of his junior year. During his high school basketball career he was named to the first team North League basketball all-stars in his sophomore through his senior year. He averaged 26 points per game with a career high of 61 points in a game against Lake Lehman. In his senior year Tom was named Dream Game MVP and honorable mention All State. He was also scouted and tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates as a left-handed pitcher. Tom was on a full scholarship to UNC from 1963-1967 and played under coaches Larry Brown and Dean Smith. He was nominated to the All ACC freshmen team and started varsity his sophomore and junior years. Tom played sixth man in his senior year, due to a preseason knee injury. He was named All Academic ACC Team his junior year. His college career high was 28 points against West Virginia University. While at Carolina, Tom shared the court with Billy Cunningham and Charlie Scott. He and Bob Lewis were co-captains his senior year. That year the Tar Heels won the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Eastern Regionals before losing the Dayton University in the final Four. UCLA won the championship that year under legendary coach John Wooden. Now retired, Tom resides in Clarks Summit with his wife Kelly. Tom has three children – Brett, Courtney and Colby and two step children – Megan and Sean.