Friends of Basketball
Year Inducted: 2018
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations: Carbondale High School
Carbondale Holiday Tournament
Biography: Paul has served as the official scorekeeper for Carbondale High School boys’ basketball bames for 25+ years, both home and away. He also serves as the official scorer for the Carbondale Holiday Tournament. Paul chronicled Carbondale’s pursuit of a state championship in the 1993-94 season. What began as a diary of his son’s final year of high school basketball, ended up being a book published by Southern Illinois University Press. Paul Bates passed away on December 18, 2018.