Jerry Sloan

Dr. Dick Barnett

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Lucious Jackson

John Smith

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Larry Humes

Travis Grant

Mel Peterson

Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame 2020 Class Announced

Kansas City, MO – Small College Basketball and the National Hall of Fame Committee are proud to announce the National Hall of Fame Class of 2020. This year’s class is once again made up of some of the greatest coaches, players, and contributors to Small College Basketball. The 2020 Class includes the following members (Bios are found at the bottom of this release):

 

Players

Eric Brand, Bethel (IN)

Corey Crowder, Kentucky Wesleyan

Kenny Davis, Georgetown College

Andre Foreman, Salisbury

Stan Gouard, Southern Indiana

Andy Panko, Lebanon Valley

Archie Talley, Salem College (WV)

Dallas Thornton, Kentucky Wesleyan

Larry Wilson, Nicholls State

 

Coaches

Roger Kaiser, West Georgia & Life

Mike Lightfoot, Bethel (IN)

 

Contributor

A.O. Duer

 

Small College Basketball Founder John McCarthy had this to say about the National Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

 

"What an extraordinary group of inductees in the Class of 2020! Once again, our committee did a tremendous job of selecting a highly impressive and accomplished group of inductees. I have spoken to all of the inductees, and there is a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the Class of 2020. While each inductee is considered a legend or icon at their respective school, you wouldn't know it by talking with them. As a group, they are humble, grateful and high quality people. I'm proud to welcome them into the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame."

 

The 2020 National Hall of Fame Class was selected by the distinguished Hall of Fame Committee including: Steve Knight, Don Landry, Mike Lightfoot, Danny Miles, Greg Moore, Jim Nelson, Doug Palm, Roy Pickerill, Gary Pine, Jim Poteet, Butch Raymond, John Rinka, Gary Stewart and Rick Zvosec.

 

For more information regarding the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame please head to smallcollegebasketball.com

 

Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Bio’s

 

Eric Brand, Bethel (IN)

Eric Brand is the only player in Bethel history to play in four straight national championship games, winning three of them. Brand’s teams won the 1997 NAIA National Championship, 1998 NAIA National Championship, and 2000 NCCAA National Championship, while coming in second at the 1999 NAIA National Championships. Brand was named an NAIA Hall of Fame member in 2018, after being named to the NAIA All-Tournament teams in 1998 and 1999. He was named an NAIA All – American as a sophomore, NAIA Second Team All – American as a junior, and NAIA First Team All – American as a senior.

Brand set the NAIA National Championship game record with 38 points. Upon graduation had NAIA tournament records in rebounds and free throws attempted, top five in rebounds and free throws made. Was named Crossroads League First Team All-Conference three times. Brand is the all-time leading scorer in Bethel history (2,696), games played (157), consecutive games played (157), and double – doubles (68). He currently ranks second at Bethel in consecutive starts (118) and free throws made per game (4.197), third in career rebounds (1,313), victories (135), and conference victories (54), fourth in field goal attempts (1,712), and fifth in blocks (14).

The Bethel College standout was one of four Pilots to ever record a triple – double with 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists and was only the 23rd player to hit the 1000 point and 500 rebound milestones. Brand holds numerous single – season records at Bethel as well. He currently holds the single – season record in points (909), free throws made (282), free throws attempted (377), free throws made per game (7.42), free throws attempted per game (9.921), and double – doubles (26 twice, 98-99 and 99-00). Brand is a member of the Bethel College Hall of Fame and has his jersey retired.

Corey Crowder, Kentucky Wesleyan

Corey Crowder was named the NABC Division II National Player of the Year in 1991, after finishing as the runner – up in 1990. He was a three time NABC All – American, receiving first team honors in 1990 and 1991, while being named second team in 1989. Crowder was a member of the 1990 NCAA National Championship team.

In 1991, Crowder took part in the NABC East – West All – Star game. He was a three time NABC All – Great Lakes Region First Team member from 1989-1991. Crowder was a two time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year (1990, 1991) and three – time All – Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team (1989-1991). In all four years of his career, Crowder was named to the NCAA Great Lakes Region Tournament Team and in 1990 he was named to the All – NCAA Championship tournament team. Crowder finished his career with 2,282 points, 245 three – pointers, 806 rebounds, 211 assists, and 155 steals. He was second in voting for the All – Century team by Kentucky Wesleyan fans and his number 23 jersey is retired.

Kenny Davis, Georgetown College

Kenny Davis was named an NAIA All–American from 1969, 1970 and 1971. He received First Team honors in 1970 and 1971, after being named to the Second Team in 1969. He is the last small college player to play on a USA Olympic team, as Davis was elected Captain of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team by his teammates. He was also a member of the 1970 USA World University team and the 1971 USA Pan American team, thus becoming the only player in USA basketball history to play in the World Games, Pan American Games, and the Olympics. His 3,003 career points is still the all-time record at Georgetown College and ranks second as the most points scored in Kentucky college basketball history. Davis has been inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame.

 

Andre Foreman, Salisbury

Andre Foreman is the all-time leading scorer in the history of NCAA Division III basketball, finishing his career with 2,940 points, while also finishing his career with 1,315 rebounds. Foreman also set the NCAA Division III record for field goals in his career with 1,140. For his career, he averaged 27.0 ppg and 12.1 rpg.  During his senior year (1991-92), he helped the Seagulls to the best season in school history with a 28-2 record, which also included a school record 27-game win streak. During his junior season, he led the country in scoring with 31.5 ppg. Foreman was a two-time First Team NABC All American (1990-91 and 1991-92), and was named as the 1991-92 NABC National Player of the Year. When he finished his career, he had set 17 Salisbury records, including career, season and game scoring, as well as career rebounds and steals, among many others. He led his team in scoring and rebounding all four years, and was named as the team’s MVP all four seasons. Foreman is considered the greatest player in school history and has been inducted into the Salisbury Hall of Fame.

Stan Gouard, Southern Indiana

Stan Gouard spent three seasons at Southern Indiana. He was the NABC NCAA Division II Player of the Year and first team All – American in 1995 and 1996. He led Southern Indiana to the 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship, the 1994 NCAA Division II Championship game appearance, and the 1996 NCAA II Great Lakes Regional finals. He was the Chevrolet Player of the Game in the 1994 title game. Gouard averaged 17.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg in 13 NCAA II Tournament games, finishing his career at Southern Indiana ranked third in scoring (1,619 points) and fourth in rebounding (754). He shot 62.0 percent from the field and 54.3 percent from beyond the three-point line. Gouard also set Southern Indiana’s records for steals in a game (eight), season (66), and career (176).

Andy Panko, Lebanon Valley

Andy Panko was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. During his career he was named NABC First Team All – American three times. Panko is Lebanon Valley’s all-time leading scorer with 2,515 points and is 11th in NCAA Division III history. He averaged 23.1 points over his four year, 109 game career. As a senior, Panko averaged 26 points, which included a single – game school – record 58-point effort vs. Juniata. He also had three other games of 40 or more points in his career. Named Conference Player of the Year three times and led his teams to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Panko is a member of the D3hoops.com Team of the Decade.

Archie Talley, Salem College

As a freshman in 1973, Talley averaged 22.8 ppg. As a sophomore he boosted his average to a league leading 29.4 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). During his junior season, Talley was the second leading scoring in the country with 34.9 ppg.

In 1976, Talley tallied four straight 50 point games in one week. After a 25-point outing snapped the streak of 50 point games, Talley finished his career scoring 30 or more points in twelve consecutive games. He connected on 49 percent of his shots from the field and still holds the NAIA single season record for shots attempted and shots made. Talley finished the 1976 season as the nation’s leading scorer with 40.8 ppg. He also set the NAIA record of 1,347 points scored in a single season, this is 34 points shy of Pete Maravich’s NCAA Division I record.

Dallas Thornton, Kentucky Wesleyan

Dallas Thornton was a four-year starter and competed on two NCAA Division II National Championship Teams (1966 and 1968), and one Third Place team (1967). Thornton was a starter in all 112 games he played for Kentucky Wesleyan. He was named Fist Team NABC All – American, Second Team Associated Press and United Press International All – American, and Third Team Converse Yearbook All – American. In 1967 and 1968 Thornton was named to the NCAA Championship All – Tournament team.

Thornton took part in the 1968 US Olympic Trials. He was chosen to Kentucky Wesleyan’s All – Century Team and the 1960’s Panthers All – Decade Team. Thornton is fifth in Kentucky Wesleyan history in points (1,929, seventh in rebounds (903), and ninth in career field goal percentage (49.0). Over his final three seasons, the Panthers finished with a record of 77-13. His number 23 jersey is retired at Kentucky Wesleyan. Thornton was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in 1968 in the fourth round and drafted by the Miami Floridians in the fifth round. He played two seasons for the American Basketball Association with the Miami Floridians (1968-70). Thornton was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for 15 seasons and started with Meadow Lark Lemon, Curly Neal, among others on their Europe and America tours.

Larry Wilson, Nicholls State

Larry Wilson was a three-time  NCAA Division II All-American, a four-time All-Gulf South Conference selection, a two-time GSC Player of the Year and a three-time first team All-Louisiana (all classes) selection.  He finished his career as the holder of 42 Nicholls State and GSC records.  For his career, he scored 2,569 points and had 982 career rebounds, as he averaged 25.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for his career, and shot 83.5% from the free throw line for his career.  His career point total set a Nicholls State and GSC record.

As a freshman in 1976, he averaged 21.8 points and 9.2 rebounds; as a sophomore in 1977, he averaged 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds; as a junior in 1978, he averaged 28.1 points and 11.3 rebounds; as a senior in 1979, he averaged 27 points and 9.6 rebounds. 

Wilson led Nicholls State to two GSC and two NCAA Regional Championships (1976 & 1979), and he was the NCAA Division II representative in the NABC All-Star game in 1979.  He was the 34th pick in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. 

Roger Kaiser, West Georgia & Life

Roger Kaiser coached West Georgia for 20 years, winning the NAIA National Championship in 1974. In 1990, he started the basketball program at Life University and won the NAIA National Championships in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and led Life to two additional appearances in the National Championship game. Kaiser was the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2000, and was selected to the NAIA’s 75th Anniversary Team, one of only 15 coaches. He is a member of the West Georgia Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

Mike Lightfoot, Bethel (IN)

Mike Lightfoot coached Bethel from 1987 to 2017, where he led the Pilots to three NAIA Division II Championships (1995, 1997, 1998) and four NCCAA Championships (1992, 1993, 2000, 2007), giving him a remarkable seven National Championships.  His teams won 11 NCCAA Regional Championships and 10 Mid Central Conference Championships.  Lightfoot was the fastest collegiate coach in basketball history to reach the 300, 400, and 500 win plateaus.   During his career, Lightfoot was named NAIA Coach of the Year twice, NCCAA National Coach of the Year seven times, and Crossroads League Coach of the Year six times.  He finished his career with a 794-285 career record and was inducted in the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

A.O. Duer

A man affectionately known as “Mr. NAIA”, Duer spent a quarter of a century working to improve intercollegiate basketball and promote equality in college athletics. Duer pioneered the integration of basketball with the inclusion of an all-black school in the 1954 tournament. A member of the AAU and the U.S. Basketball Association Ethics Committee, Duer was appointed the executive secretary of the NAIA in 1949 replacing upon the death of Emil Liston and he led the movement to change the organization’s name to NAIA after it grew to more than 500 members. Duer remained as the director of the NAIA National Basketball Championship tournament through 1975. He was also a member of the U.S. Basketball Association Ethics Committee between 1960 and 1964 and also served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Basketball Hall of Fame…Duer coached 10 seasons at Pepperdine, posting a record of 176-102, including 8-4 in four NAIB national tournaments and 0-2 in one NCAA tournament. His 1945 team placed second and his 1946 team reached the semifinals of the NAIB tournament. In five of his final six seasons, he won 20 or more games including a record of 26-9 in the 1945-46 campaign. Duer continues to be honored to this day as the NAIA A.O. Duer Scholarship is awarded annually to one junior men’s athlete and one junior women’s athlete (regardless of sport) in recognition of their character and outstanding academic and athletic excellence.  He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Selection Guidelines for the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

  • The categories are:

    1. Player

    2. Coach

    3. Contributor

 

  • Each induction class must have a minimum of one inductee from each category.

 

  • Players must be a minimum of five years removed from their final year of their collegiate career.  Coaches must be a minimum of three years removed from their last season of their coaching career.  There is no related time table for contributors.

 

  • The Inaugural Class (2016) of inductees had 15 members.  Each subsequent induction class (after the Inaugural Class) will have 8-12 inductees.

 

  • There will be no specific criteria for induction, yet the primary focus will be on contributions to the game of basketball at the small college level.  Each candidate will be evaluated individually. 

 

  • All players, coaches and contributors that have not been inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to be eligible for annual consideration, as long as they meet the above guidelines.  There is no timetable whereby candidates rotate off/out of consideration.

 

To nominate candidates for the Hall of Fame, please send detailed bio information about the candidate to scbhof@gmail.com

2019 Hall of Fame Class 

Dr. Dick Barnett, Travis Grant and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

John McCarthy

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