Year Inducted: 1974
Schools / Organizations: (Peoria) Central High School
The University of Illinois
Biography: Hiles Stout is one of the greatest players to ever come out of the basketball rich Peoria area. While playing for Peoria Central HS, he was both an all-state player and an all-American player who was chosen to play in the North-South High School game. He was known as an outstanding center with tremendous strength on the offensive and defensive boards. Hiles lettered in football and basketball for three years at the University of Illinois. After his playing days, Hiles was drafted by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. A shoulder injury prevented his pro career so Hiles returned to Peoria as an insurance agent. An active community member, he co-founded the St. Jude Tennis Classic, a local and very successful fund raiser for the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, and chaired the event for 26 years, raising more than $1 million for St. Jude. In addition to the IBCA Hall of Fame, Hiles also earned induction into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Hiles Stout passed away on October 31, 2016 at the age of 81.