The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors announces the 2019 Men’s Induction Class to be honored on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
|Ed Butler||South Bend Adams||1960|
|Dan Dimich *||South Bend Washington||1944|
|Willie McCarter||Gary Roosevelt||1965|
|Wayne Pack||Indianapolis Washington||1969|
|Indiana Pacers Silver Medal|
|John Grimes||Terre Haute Gerstmeyer||1963|
|Clyde “Cog” Grater *||Lebanon||1919|
* indicates deceased
(New Castle) – Encompassing success on the Indiana basketball landscape including high school state championship players, Indiana All-Stars, All-Americans, international professional careers and outstanding contributions to the sport and our state, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 58th men’s induction class.
Ken Barlow earned 1982 Indiana All-Star and high school All-American honors following a career at Cathedral High School that saw him set school records in blocked shots and field goal percentage, and graduate 3rd in career scoring and 2nd in rebounds. He averaged 19.6 points and 11 rebounds as a junior to earn all-city and all-state honors and averaged 18.7 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior, helping Cathedral to a best-ever 27-3 season. His record-setting career at the University of Notre Dame included a school record of 120 games played, along with 1,342 career points, also graduating among program leaders in blocks, steals, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. A two-time MVP and two-time team captain, he earned honorable mention All-American accolades and was the 23rd pick of the 1st round of the 1986 NBA Draft. In 16 seasons of professional basketball in Europe, he was a member of teams winning 12 championships in FIBA Euroleague, the Italian League, the Italian Cup, the Israeli League, the Israeli Cup, the Greek League and FIBA Euroleague Cup. Additionally, his jersey was retired in the Greek and Italian Leagues. He is Vice President of Community Relations and Diversity at Cathedral High School and resides in Fishers.
Orville Bose led Hymera High School to a 1956 sectional championship before accolades at Butler Unversity. A scorer at the Sullivan County school, he averaged 22 points as a junior before a 19-7 senior campaign with averages of 27.8 points and 21.8 rebounds. In the 1956 regional, he totaled 69 points and 37 rebounds in two games, outscoring Hall of Famer Lloyd Bateman of Plainville in the regional semifinal with 38 points and 24 rebounds, followed by 31 points and 13 rebounds in their regional final loss to Jasper. Under Hall of Famer Tony Hinkle at Butler, Bose was a member of their 1958 and 1959 NIT teams and averaged 17.4 points as a senior, earning 1st team all-conference honors and the Hilton U. Brown mental attitude award. Employed in teaching and coaching, he worked at North Vernon, Shawswick and North Vermillion before a lengthy stint as an administrator at Fairfield High School, including as their athletic director, principal and superintendent. Retired, he resides in Carmel.
Bill Butcher starred for the Loogootee Lions in their storied program’s most historic season. Playing for his father, Hall of Fame coach Jack Butcher, he led the 1974-75 Lions in scoring, assists and steals as they completed an undefeated regular season and reached the one-class IHSAA state championship game as 27-1 state runners-up. A 1975 Indiana All-Star, he totaled 1,349 points in his Loogootee career, on teams that won four sectionals, compiling an 84-16 record. He was a member of the University of Memphis’ 1976 NCAA Tournament team before completing his collegiate career under Hall of Fame coach John Collier and Hanover College. Earning his MBA, he has been employed in banking and finance, currently as President and Owner of SMART Financial Solutions. He resides in Chandler, Indiana.
Ed Butler propelled success at South Bend Adams High School to a historic career at Ball State University. A 1960 graduate of S.B. Adams, he averaged 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior with a school-record 55% field goal accuracy for their 19-4 team that won the school’s first conference championship and ranked 11th in the final state poll. Under Jim Hinga at Ball State, his rebounding totals are unparalleled in program history. Averaging 14.8 points and 17.4 rebounds as a sophomore, 17.0 points and 16.9 rebounds as a junior and 21.8 points and 17.7 rebounds as a senior, he totaled 1,278 career points and 1,231 career rebounds – both school records. He set every Cardinal rebounding record including season (442) and game (27). He was a three-time 1st team all-conference selection, Indiana Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-American honors while helping BSU to the 1964 College Division National Tournament. In a career including business and education positions, he worked at schools in California, Washington DC, the Virgin Islands, as well as Fort Wayne North and Fort Wayne Dwenger. Retiring in 2005 from a position with AT&T, he resides in San Francisco, California.
Sam Chase took small school success in a historic gym to college success at a major program. A 1960 graduate of Knightstown High School, Chase was a sophomore for the Panthers’ 1958 sectional championship, the first in school history. Averaging 15.7 points as a junior and 24.8 points as a senior, he totaled 1,178 career points before graduating at 16 years old as a two-time East Central Conference Player of the Year and the all-time leading scorer in the Knightstown facility that would come to be known as the “Hoosier Gym”, then the home court of Knightstown High School. His success at Louisiana State University under Hall of Fame coach Jay McCreary included a record-setting 25.2 scoring average on their freshman team (that would only be surpassed later by Pete Maravich), followed by multiple 20+ point scoring outputs on the varsity topped by a 14.2 point scoring average his senior season, earning honorable mention all-SEC honors. Drafted by the ABA New Orleans Buccaneers in 1964, he has had over 50 years of success in investment management and corporate finance, currently as founder and managing partner of Tanglewood Capital Partners. He resides in Richmond, Texas.
The late Dan Dimich was a 1944 graduate of South Bend Washington High School, where he is a member of their hall of fame. At Indiana State University under Hall of Fame coaches John Wooden and John Longfellow, he was a key member of teams that made three NAIB National Tournament appearances, including the 1950 NAIB National Championship squad. Dimich was named to the 1950 NAIB all-tournament team and an NAIB All-American. He joins his Indiana State teammates Duane Klueh, Lenny Rzeszewski and Jim Powers, Sr. as Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. Dimich was a teacher and coach at French Lick, Brookston, Pendleton and South Bend Clay until his retirement in 1986. He resided in South Bend at the time of his death in 2008.
Mack Gadis parlayed a record-breaking career at Pike High School into history at Purdue University. A 1982 Indiana All-Star after setting school records of 290 career assists and 268 steals, along with 1,181 points, Gadis averaged 21.4 points as a junior and 25.1 points as a senior under Hall of Fame coach Ed Siegel, earning all-state honors both years. As a senior, he earned Marion County Player of the Year and Conference Player of the Year honors. Under Hall of Fame coach Gene Keady at Purdue, he led the Boilermakers in assists as a junior and senior, graduating 5th in program history with 178 career assists, and was the first player in program history to play on teams to win 20+ games for four seasons and play in four NCAA Tournaments. He was a sophomore member of the 1984 Big Ten championship squad that reached 10th in the national polls. Professionally, he has been employed with State Farm Insurance. He resides in Noblesville.
Basketball “lifer” Jerry Hoover has made his mark on 10 Indiana high school basketball programs, in addition to stints at two Indiana colleges. A 1952 graduate of Monticello High School, he was a walk-on member of the Purdue University men’s basketball teams under Hall of Fame coaches Piggy Lambert and Ray Eddy, earning his Purdue degree in 1956. His coaching career has included stints at Demotte, Salem, North Judson, Lake Central, Ben Davis – where he coached Hall of Fame inductee Randy Wittman – Monrovia, and Kankakee Valley boys programs, the Andrean and Logansport girls – where he coached Indiana Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings – and as an assistant coach at Indiana State University and St. Joseph’s College. He is currently in his 2nd season as the head boys coach at Blackford High School. In all, his head coaching record includes 416 wins, five sectional championships and one regional title. He has been an assistant coach for both the boys and girls Indiana All-Stars teams, IBCA District Coach of the Year, the longtime owner of the renowned “D-One” Basketball Camp and in 2013 took his Logansport team to China. He resides in Monticello.
Chet Kammerer has seen success in basketball from the smallest of Indiana high schools to a member of the front office of multiple NBA World Champion squads. A 1960 graduate of 120-student Leesburg High School, his record-breaking career took off at Grace College. A 1964 graduate of Grace, he set the school and Indiana intercollegiate career scoring record of 2,504 points, along with 1,070 rebounds, earning NAIA All-American honors. As the head coach and athletic director at Grace, his teams were 173-88 from 1965-1975. He found further success at Westmont College (CA), where teams were 359-156 from 1975-1992 and the floor would later be named “Kammerer Court.” An assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1992-1994, his NBA career has included work as a scout for Milwaukee, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington. From 2002-2018, he was Vice President of Player Personnel for the Miami Heat, winners of the 2006, 2012, and 2013 NBA Championships. He is now Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations for the Heat. He resides in Redondo Beach, California.
Gary native Willie McCarter blossomed at Drake University before playing professionally. A 1965 graduate of Gary Roosevelt High School, he was a key for the Panthers’ semi-state team under Hall of Fame coach Bo Mallard. His noted career at Drake University blossomed as a senior, averaging a team-high 20.4 points and keying the Bulldogs to the 1969 NCAA Final Four. McCarter recorded 24 points and 16 rebounds in their 85-82 national semifinal loss to eventual champion UCLA and averaged 24.3 points in their four NCAA tournament games, earning Helms 1st team All-American honors, all-NCAA Final Four team selection and being named MVP of the NCAA Midwest Regional. A two-time 1st team Missouri Valley all-conference player, he totaled 1,626 career points, setting school records for career field goals (694) and season field goals (272). In 2007, he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Centennial Team and in 2009 had his jersey retired by Drake University. The 12th pick in the 1st round of the 1969 NBA Draft, he played two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and one season with Portland, totaling 1,090 points in his professional career. He was an assistant coach at the University of South Dakota and from 1979-1982 was the head coach of the University of Detroit Mercy. He resides in Jackson, Michigan.
The career of Wayne Pack is one of the most unique in Indiana basketball history. Cut as a high school freshman, sophomore and junior, he was a senior starter on one of the state’s greatest teams of all-time, set multiple records for his college program and played professional basketball. A student at Indianapolis Washington High School, he was cut three times before making varsity as a senior by Hall of Fame coach Bill Green. A starter that season, he averaged 9.9 points and 4.0 assists for the Continentals’ 31-0 1969 state championship team, earning all-city, all-sectional, all-regional and all-semi-state recognitions. At Tennessee Tech University, he averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 assists as a freshman, 17.2 points and 6.7 assists as a sophomore, 14.3 points as a junior and 18.4 points and 5.9 assists as a senior, graduating with 1,223 points and a school record 422 career assists, along with the school’s single-game assists record of 16. He was 1st team all-conference and honorable mention All-American as a senior. He played professionally with the Indiana Pacers in 1974-75 and in Spain in 1975-76 with the Iberia Super Stars. Successful in a business career in human resources with multiple companies, he is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer with Community Health Network. He resides in Indianapolis.
Bob Smock put up big scoring totals in high school and college. A 1965 graduate of Hebron High School, he totaled 1,591 career points in three seasons, averaging 20.8 per game as a sophomore, 26.0 per game as a junior and 21.0 as a senior, in the process becoming the only player to win Porter County Conference MVP honors three times. His career averages were 22.7 points and 15.2 rebounds per game, shooting 61% from the field. At Indiana Central College under Hall of Fame coach Angus Nicoson, Smock totaled 1,203 points, 607 rebounds and 194 assists in 106 career games, among program leaders in each category. A teacher, coach and counselor at North Newton, Twin Lakes, Tri-County, Frontier and McCutcheon high schools from 1969-2006, he coached Twin Lakes to the 1989 IHSAA softball state championship. He resides in Monticello.
Clyde “Cog” Grater is recognized with the Centennial Award, created to recognize those who contributed to Indiana high school basketball long ago, which includes induction. Grater was a 1919 graduate of Lebanon High School, where he was a starter for their 1917 and 1918 state championship teams under Hall of Fame coaches Alva Staggs and Glenn Curtis. At Wabash College, he was a member of their 21-3 “Wonder Five” team that captured a 1922 National Championship, while he was a two-year captain and an all-state selection. Grater was head coach at Goshen from 1923-25, before a 37-year career at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, serving 24 years as their head coach and 13 years as athletic director. He died in 1986.
The recipient of this year’s Indiana Pacers Silver Medal award, which includes Hall of Fame induction, is former Marian University coach and athletic director John Grimes. The head men’s basketball coach at Marian for 36 years, his teams had a 566-408 record between 1976-2012. Grimes had the 6th most wins in Indiana college history, 13th best in NAIA history and he became the 10th active coach in NAIA to win 500 games at one school. His teams made four NAIA national tournament appearances, won three Mid-Central Conference titles and he was named MCC “Coach of the Year” six times. In 2012, Marian named their basketball floor “John Grimes Court” in his honor. Grimes is a graduate of Terre Haute Gerstmeyer High School and Indiana State University. He resides in Brownsburg.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 58th Annual Men’s Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.
Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2019. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com or email email@example.com for more information.