Year Inducted: 1987
Schools / Organizations: Carterville High School
Oglethorpe College (GA)
Biography: Ernie Crain was a 3-year starter at Carterville High School from 1963-66. As a sophomore he averaged 23 ppg and scored 529 points. He scored 702 points as a junior for a 30.5 ppg average to lead the state in scoring. He was named the MVP of the Black Diamond Conference for that season. Four times he scored 40+ points in a game, including his 61 against Goreville High School to set the school record. Ernie added 576 points as a senior for a 26.2 ppg average giving him a total of 1020 points scored in his 69 varsity game career (Note: There was NO 3 point line in high school basketball at this time). After high school, Ernie attended Oglethorpe College in Atlanta, GA. He lettered for 3 years and led them to the NCAA Division II tournament. He was their most complete player. As a senior, he was the team captain and ended his collegiate career as the college’s #4 all time scorer with 1,117 career points. He was named Oglethorpe’s outstanding senior athlete in his final season.