Four To Be Enshrined Into US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame's 2017 Class

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department announces that four former standout student-athletes have been selected for induction into the 2017 US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame class. Jackie Choi Parker, James Moore, Gwladys Nocera and Billy Joe Price will be forever enshrined in Aggie history on Friday, Feb. 24, and will also be recognized the following night during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Seattle U on Saturday, Feb. 25.

“It is an honor to recognize these four former student-athletes with their selection into the New Mexico State Athletics Hall of Fame,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a former student-athlete and all are deserving of enshrinement. Jackie embodies the term student-athlete with not only her athletic achievements but also her academic accolades. James is in a very exclusive club of Aggie basketball All-Americans while Gwladys continues to have a phenomenal career on the professional tour. Finally, and most proudly, correcting a long overdue oversight on the induction of Billy Joe, I am glad his wife Deanne will be in attendance and accept his award on his behalf. Hall of Fame weekend will be wonderful for the inductees as well as our fans as we induct these four deserving individuals. I would also like to thank US Bank for making this event possible.”

Choi Parker (2003-06), is one of the most decorated volleyball players in New Mexico State history. The Corpus Christi, Texas, product spent four years in Las Cruces after transferring from TCU and left her name all over the record books. She currently holds the program record for assists in a single season (2006, 1,517), second in single-season service aces (2006, 55) as well eighth with 46 in her first season playing for the Aggies. Choi Parker finished her career with the Aggies third in career assists with 4,101 and fourth in career service aces with 138. Her 11.97 assists per set in 2005 was the fifth-most in a single-season at NM State while her 12.04 assists per set is good for fourth-most in a single-season.

For her standout senior season, Choi Parker was named 2006 AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention while earning back-to-back First-Team All-WAC accolades (2005-06). She was also named the 2004 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year and placed on the 2005 All-WAC Preseason First-Team before NM State played its first match as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. In addition to her dominance on the court, Choi Parker was also racking up the awards in the classroom. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team as a junior and earned three-straight First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. In her first season with the Aggies, Choi Parker was tabbed a Third-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and finished out her final two seasons as a First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. She is an accountant and now resides in San Antonio with her husband, Joe, and children, Joshua and Elizabeth.

A native of Dolton, Ill., Moore (2000-04) left Aggie fans mesmerized with his dazzling style of play on Lou Henson Court and was the fifth NM State basketball player ever to earn All-American status at the end of his junior season. During his All-American campaign, Moore averaged 18.8 points per game to lead the team and followed up with a 15.4 point average in his senior campaign. He finished his career the all-time leader in blocks (200), fifth all-time in free-throw percentage (.801) and ninth-most in minutes played (3,146). He’s also ninth on the single-season free-throw percentage list, checking in with an .837 shooting clip from the line. Moore is also the sixth-leading scorer at New Mexico State with 1,651 career points in the Crimson and White.

On top of his All-American accolade, Moore was named the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He opened his collegiate career averaging 11.7 points, which earned him 2001 SBC Freshman of the Year honors. Moore followed up with an all-conference honorable mention award and finished with First-Team All-SBC honors his final two seasons in Las Cruces. Moore resides in Lansing, Ill., with his wife LaToya where he works for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company.

A 2001 graduate of NM State, Nocera (1998-00) concluded her Aggie career as one of the program’s most decorated golfer. The Vichy, France, native’s 74.85 stroke average and nine rounds of par or better in 1999-00 ranked her in the top-10 all-time at NM State. As a senior, Nocera was named an All-American honorable mention in addition to being named the Big West Conference Co-MVP.

Nocera continues to blossom since her time in Las Cruces, earning 15 tournament victories since turning professional in 2002. She first joined the Ladies European Tour in 2003 and was named the LET Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008 before joining the LPGA in 2009. Of her 15 professional wins, 14 came in the LET while the other came during her time on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. Nocera’s 14 wins is tied for seventh-most on the Ladies European Tour. Nocera also represented France in the latest 2016 Olympics in Rio. She currently resides in Switzerland with her spouse, Audrey Pucet.

Last, but not least, is Billy Joe Price who was a member of the men’s basketball team from 1958-61 where he led the Aggies to three Border Conference Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He earned First-Team All-Border Conference honors his first year with the Aggies after averaging a double-double with 19 points and 12.6 rebounds to go with a deadly .521 shooting clip. His 12.6 boards per game in 1958-59 is third-best in program history. He then went onto average 12.2 points and 8.9 boards during the 1959-60 season before wrapping up his collegiate career with 13.4 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game with a .477 shooting percentage. His 22 rebounds against Evansville in 1958 are still in the top-20 at New Mexico State. On Feb. 7, 2008, Price was a member of the inaugural NM State Ring of Honor alongside Lou Henson and Sam Lacey.

After his collegiate career, Price was selected in the sixth round (55th overall) of the 1961 NBA Draft by the Syracuse Nationals. He then moved to Canada to play professional in Port Alberni alongside former NM State teammate Vincent Knight with the IGA Grocers. Price and Knight helped the IGA Grocers become just the second Canadian team to win three-straight national championships. Price’s squad was then inducted in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Unfortunately, Price would not live to see this honor as he passed in 1989 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Price is survived by his wife Deanne, daughter Allyson and son Tyrone.