Story written by Robert Daniels
Royce Youree, the architect of the East High School basketball program that won five state championships and one runner up will be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame on October 27.
His dynasty lasted from 1969 until 1981, because the Phoenix Union High School District closed the school in 1982. In his 13 seasons, Youree led the Longhorns to an amazing record of 301-56, winning their first title in 1971.
Youree’s hall of fame class will include baseball hall of fame inductee Randy Johnson, former Phoenix Suns coach John McLeod, ex-Cardinals safety and Ring of Honor inductee Adrian Wilson, race car driver Bob Bondurant and former Grand Canyon State Games Executive Director Erik Widmark.
The 46th Arizona Sports Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m.
Youree also was a basketball player at Arizona State, and helped the Sun Devils reach their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1958.
The only finals appearance that did not end in victory came in 1974. That 1974 team featured Arizona Informant Co-Publisher Roland Campbell, Jr. The Longhorns lost the game to Alhambra 68-66 in four overtimes.
He also coached Arizona Informant Co-Publisher Cloves Campbell, Jr.
Youree is part of ASU’s Athletic Hall of Fame (1995 inductee), the Pac-10 Hall of Honor (2009) and the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame (2012).
Youree later coached at Camelback High School and Mesa Community College. He also coached Arizona BCI team that featured Shadow Mountain point guard Mike Bibby in the mid-1990s.
Among others he coached are Cody Williams, John Cheatam, and Billy Jordan