Steve Platt, Huntington (IN)
The all-time leading scorer in Indiana college basketball, Platt’s career 3,700 points also placed him seventh on the all-time list of collegiate scorers at any level (as of 2016). He twice led the nation in scoring, averaging 36 ppg. in 1972-73 and 38 ppg. in 1973-74. A four-time NAIA all-American and all-District honoree, Platt is Huntington’s all-time leader in 17 categories, including single-game highs for points (57), field goals (22), and rebounds (33). He also is the single-season leader in points (1,026), scoring average (38.0), field goals (390), rebounds (497), rebound average (18.1), and free throws (246). In addition to his status as the program’s career leader in points, Platt holds the career records for scoring average (33.0), rebounds (1,917), rebound average (16.3), field goals (1,463), and free throws (774). He also holds the single-half scoring mark with 30 points.
The Foresters posted an overall record of 78-38 during his four years. Platt was inducted into the Huntington Hall of Fame in 1974 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1987. He also was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the IBHOF’s Silver Anniversary high school team in 1990. At the conclusion of his collegiate playing career, Platt was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the eighth round of the 1974 NBA Draft.
Platt’s involvement with small college basketball continued in the coaching ranks. As the head coach of his alma mater, he compiled an overall record of 329-143 (.697) in 14 years and led the Foresters to the NAIA Division II national tournament seven times. Huntington finished second in 2006. His teams won five regular-season Mid-Central Conference titles, five conference tournament championships, and posted an overall conference mark of 141-63. The 1999-2000 squad posted an overall record of 34-5, while the 2006-07 Foresters went 14-2 in conference play.