Year Inducted: 20024
Schools / Organizations:
Crescent-Iroquois High School (now closed)
Olivet Nazarene University
Kenton Hasselbring was the first freshman to start for Hall of Fame Coach Tom Posey at tiny Crescent-Iroquois High School. He served Posey and the Golden Eagles well from 1978-82. by eclipsing every career record as he scored 1,200 points, grabbed 599 rebounds and dished out 475 assists.
Hasselbring was an excellent defensive player who always drew the opponent’s toughest player – big or small. Kenton was part of a senior class with only seven boys and just five playing basketball. The Eagles still won 22 games before a heartbreaking 3-point regional final loss. He was a three-time all-conference player and twice made the Kankakee Daily Journal All-Area team. Hasselbring was an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior.
Hasselbring moved north to Olivet Nazarene University where he repeated his high school exploits by starting all four years. At the time of his graduations, he ranked 34th in career scoring with 1,214 points. His 347 assists ranked 15th and he grabbed 576 rebounds as a guard. Hasselbring was named all-District NAIA in 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. In 1983-84, he was the EGAN Tournament MVP.