IBCA Hall of Fame

HOF Players

Will WatsonName: Will Watson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Tremont High School
The University of Illinois

 

Biography:  On Dec. 17, 1963, Will Watson set the Tremont High School individual game scoring record of 51 points as the Turks played Minier HS. Watson was a scoring machine for the Turks during his four seasons. He continues to rank high on the Illinois high school career list with 2,293 points (Note:  there was no 3 pt rule in place during this era). Watson averaged 21 ppg for his four-year career at Tremont. His 30.8 scoring average as a senior also ranks the 6’ 2” Watson among the All-Time Illinois Average Leaders. Watson’s 34.5 ppg average and 345 points was the standard for the now disbanded Illinois Conference. His 876 career points and 22.5 average were also Illio marks. Three times he was named All-Illio, twice made the Little All-State teams and was accorded fourth team All-State honors by the Rockford papers in 1964 when he was also named Honorable Mention All-American by Coach & Athlete Magazine. Watson’s four Tremont teams won 85 games and lost 26, won three Tazewell County titles, three district championships, shared an Illio Conference title and won two Green Valley Holiday Tournaments. An outstanding hurdler, Watson attended the University of Illinois on a track scholarship. After playing on the freshman basketball team at Illinois, he directed his abilities to track for the remainder of his college days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheldon ThompsonName: Sheldon Thompson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Newark High School
Illinois Wesleyan University

 

Biography:  Sheldon Thompson established scoring and rebounding records while earning Chicago Daily News Little All-State recognition. He was an All-Little Ten Conference selection while competing at Newark High School. Thompson established scoring and rebound records at Illinois Wesleyan University that lasted until NBA star Jack Sikma bettered them in 1976. Thompson still ranks high on the career list with his 1,573 points as a Titan. He averaged 18.7 as a senior in 1971, when he scored 485 points.  The 6’ 2” Thompson’s career 1,069 rebounds at Illinois Wesleyan allowed him to be named to the NAIA District 21 All-Star team in 1971 the Titans won the title for the second straight year. He was named as an All-CCIW team member in 1971. It was also 1971 when Thompson was named most valuable player at Illinois Wesleyan.

 

 

Marshall StonerName: Marshall Stoner

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Player

Schools / Organizations:
Henry-Senachwine High School
Western Illinois University
Pekin High School

 

Biography:  Marshall Stoner played for tiny Henry-Senachwine High School where he was a starter on the Mallard teams which posted 24-2 (1950-51) and 21-7 (1951-52) records.  The Mallards captured the Tri-County Conference Championships during both of these seasons.  The teams were ranked as high as 12th in the state .  Marshall was the team's leading scorer as a senior.  He is generally rememberd as Henry's all-time greatest basketball player,  Marshall was also an integral part of the great basketball successes enjoyed by Western Illinois University from 1952-56.  He started all but 4 games (missed due to injury) during those 4 seasons.  He set the school scoring record with 1,526 career points (remember that this was before the 3 pt line).  WIU won the IIAC title in 1955 and again in 1956.  The Leathernecks were rated the #1 small college team in the nation in 1956.  They made consecutive trips to the NAIA tournament , 1954 (2nd place finish), 1955 (3rd place finish), and 1956 (28-3).  Stoner was named to the WIU Hall of Fame in 1976.  His teams entered the IBCA Hall of Fame in 1977.  Marshall became a successful high school and college basketball coach with stops at the University of Illinois (assistant) and Pekin High School (head coach).

 

 

 

 

 

Norm SwansonName: Norm Swanson

Year Inducted: 1986

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Schurz High School
The University of Detroit
NBA: Rochester Royals

 

Biography:  Although Norm played just one season for (Chicago) Schurz High School, he starred for parts of 4 seasons at the University of Detroit. In each of those seasons (some were not full seasons), Norm was the leading scorer.  During his sophomore and junior years Norm was also the leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Norm was the team MVP for his final 2 seasons and the team captain his senior season of 1952-53.  He was a 2nd round draft pick of the Rochester Royals of the NBA.  After starring in several all star games, Norm traveled with the college all-stars as they played their annual series of games against the Harlem Globetrotters.  Norm Swanson died on November 24, 2016 at the age of 86.

 

ellen YoungName: Ellen (Young) Hood

Year Inducted: 2020

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Salem High School
Southern Illinois University
Southern Indiana University

 

Biography:  Ellen set the career scoring record for boys and girls at Salem High School with 2,500 points, graduating in 2007. She ranks third in single-season rebounding with 11.1 per game and first in steals at 4.48. She earned multiple all-state honors.  Ellen played one year at Southern Illinois University, making the Missouri Valley all-Freshman Team. She played her final three years at Southern Indiana University, where she was a three-time all-conference selection, finishing her college career with 1,677 points and 486 rebounds.