IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Players

Ken Wolbeck2Name: Ken Wolbeck

Year Inducted: 2019

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Peoria) Spalding High School
The University of Notre Dame

 

Biography:  Ken averaged 21 ppg and 11 rpg as a senior at (Peoria) Spalding High School in 1969-70.  During his junior and senior seasons, Ken led the Irish to 2nd and 4th place finishes in the IHSA State Tournament during the one-class system.  The Irish went 52-14 during these two seasons.  Ken went on to play for legendary coach, Dick "Digger" Phelps at the University of Notre Dame,.  He was on the 1974 squad that defeated UCLA,  the NCAA defending champion, to end the Bruins 88-game winning streak.

 

NJoe Wileyame: Joe Wiley

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Belleville West High School
St. Louis University

 

Biography:  Joe Wiley is probably the finest basketball player from the Belleville area. At Belleville West HS, he averaged 15.3 ppg for a career total of 1,394 points. For many years Joe held the 4 game state tournament scoring record. As a senior, Joe was an all-state and all-American player. The 6’5” Wiley went on to greater fame at St. Louis University (1967-1970). An All-Missouri Valley Conference choice for three seasons, Joe graduated as the school’s 4th leading scorer (1,368) and rebounder (747).   He was named the Billikens’ most valuable player in both his junior and senior season. After college, Joe remained in the St. Louis area, working for a division of General Dynamics before moving on to Monsanto. After a 30-year career in human resources, Joe formed Quest Management Consulting in 2003.

 

Roger TaylorName: Roger Taylor

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Park Forest) Rich Township High School
The University of Illinois
ABL: Cleveland Pipers

 

Biography:  Roger Taylor was the first all-state athlete at Rich Township HS in Park Forest, leading the school to its first state tournament appearance. In two seasons at Rich, Roger averaged 23 ppg while scoring 1,243 points before moving on to the University of Illinois. He played there from 1956-59, scoring 866 points for a 14 ppg average. During the 1958-59 season, Roger was a second team All Big Ten, selected as the Illini captain and its most valuable player. After college, Taylor made the All National Industrial Basketball League team while playing for the San Francisco Investors and the Cleveland Pipers. As a member of the 1960-61 All AAU team, he toured Russia. When the Pipers become members of the American Basketball League, Taylor was selected to all league teams in 1961 and 1962.

 

Claude E WhiteName: Claude White

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago Heights) Bloom High School
Northern Michigan University
Elmhurst College
Webb University

 

Biography:  Claude White was an All South Suburban League guard for two years at Bloom Township HS where he averaged 25 ppg while scoring a career total of 1,040 points. The 6’1” guard was an all-state player during his senior season. After high school he attended Northern Michigan University, Elmhurst College, and Webb University. At Elmhurst, during the 1972-73 season, he was the nation’s leading scorer with a 39 ppg average.

 

Herb SchefflerName: Herb Scheffler

Year Inducted: 1977

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Springfield High School
Illinois College
Oklahoma University
NBA:  Detroit

 

Biography:  Herb Scheffler enjoyed a great basketball playing career as a member of the strong Springfield teams of the mid 1930’s. Herb was an all-state player in 1935 when the Senators defeated (Harvey) Thornton 24-19. He was named to the All Little 19 Conference team while playing at Illinois College in 1937. Then Herb moved to Oklahoma where he was named to the All Big Six squad for the 1939-40 season. He closed out his playing career as a professional with Detroit in 1946. From 1947-55,  Herb coached his high school alma mater, making two trips to Champaign and the IHSA State Tournament during that span. Herb Scheffler passed away on January 20, 2001.