IBCA Hall of Fame


Rob JudsonName: Rob Judson

Year Inducted: 1990

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Zion-Benton High School
The University of Illinois
Northern Illinois University
Illinois State University



Biography:  Rob is the fourth member of the Judson family to be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame as players.  (His father Phil--1979, and uncles Paul--1973 and Howard—1986).  As a prepster, Rob spent his first 3 years in Adrian, MI before finishing at Zion-Benton High School.  He won team, county, and North Suburban Conference MVP honors as a senior (1975-76).  Rob was named to All-Area and First-Team All-State player honors by The Chicago Daily News and The Champaign News-Gazette.  He was the leading scorer in the 1976 IBCA All-Star game. After high school, Rob followed his dad’s and uncles’ paths to the University of Illinois where he lettered for four years (1976-80).  Rob played on teams that compiled a 70-52 record.  He won All-Big Ten Academic and Fourth Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior on a 23-13 Illini quintet that placed third in NIT (1978-79).  He repeated All-Big Ten Academic status as a senior, in addition to a fourth straight George Huff Academic Award.  Rob set U of I single-season (.957 pct.) and career free throw (.875) records.  After playing for Hall of Fame Coach Lou Henson (IBCA inductee in 1995), Rob owns over 30 years of coaching experience---including six as the head coach at Northern Illinois (2001-07).  He has been an NCAA Division I assistant under head coaches Jim Molinari (NIU and Bradley), Lon Kruger and BIll Self (Illinois), Tim Jankovich (Illinois State), Tom Crean (Indiana), and Steve Wojciechowski (Marquette).