Friends of Basketball
Willie J. Brown
Year Inducted: 2012
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations: Metro East Officials Association
Biography: Willie (better known as “Smiley”), was a vice president of the Metro East Officials Association for many years. His primary assignments were in helping young officials in rules knowledge, the official’s uniform and comportment with coaches and fans. Willie spent countless hours fielding rules questions and ensuring that young officials used proper IHSA mechanics. He was an official himself for 37 seasons.