Clint Names, equally at home on the golf course or the basketball court, may have staged the most spectacular shooting display in state high school basketball tournament history. He scored 39 points against the state’s
No. 1-ranked team, Richland, in a 64-63 Stadium High School win. With Stadium leading 7-6, Names made 22 consecutive points for the Tigers on 10 field goals and two free throws. It remains a state tournament record. An all-state selection, Names finished with an 18-for-28 shooting night. In all, Names earned three letters in both golf and basketball while at Stadium High from 1955-57.
Names went on to play both basketball and golf from 1957-61 at the University of Washington. On the course, he won the conference title, finishing ahead of eventual professional Dave Stockton from Southern Cal, and he earned 1961 second team All-America honors. In basketball, he was an all-conference honoree in 1961.
Clint made an indelible mark on the area golf scene. In fact, Names stamped his name on the Fircrest Golf Club men’s championship 12 times, including eight in a row. He also won the Fircrest Amateur five times, three times in a row with a 139 score. By the time he was 15 he had posted a 67 at Fircrest, and he still holds that course’s amateur record with a 63. Names also won the Pat Boone Celebrity Open title.
He wasn’t done with basketball after college, playing for NABA national championship teams in 1971 and 1973, earning tournament MVP honors while playing for Tacoma Plywood in 1973.