The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 18-member Silver Anniversary team on Tuesday based on outstanding accomplishments as a player from 25 years ago.
The team includes 13 members named to the 1996 Indiana All-Star team and five all-state players from Indiana’s high school class of 1996. Due to COVID-19 conditions, a date for the 2021 Indiana High Basketball Hall of Fame men’s awards banquet has not been set. The Silver Anniversary team will be honored during that event once a date is set.
A look at the 18 Silver Anniversary honorees:
Ben Anderson, Benton Central: Anderson was an Indiana All-Star who set school records for career scoring (1,541 points), rebounds (808) and blocked shots (261), among other records. He was a four-year player at Indiana State, playing in 71 career games with 218 points and 149 rebounds. Anderson was a member of the 2000 Missouri Valley Conference championship team.
Kevin Ault, Warsaw: Ault was voted IndyStar Mr. Basketball in his senior season, setting a Warsaw record with 2,028 points. He averaged 30.1 points as a senior, leading the Tigers to a 25-3 record and a state finals appearance. Ault went on to star at Missouri State, where he graduated as the school’s leader in games played (132), steals (243) and in the top-10 in career points (1,508). He was part of the Bears’ 1999 NCAA Sweet 16 team.
Duane Clemens, Muncie South: Clemens averaged 21.1 points, 4.2 assists and 4.4 steals as a senior for a team that went 21-2 and won a sectional championship. He finished with 1,332 career points at Muncie South, then went on to star at Ball State, where he finished with 1,585 career points and 249 steals. He led Ball State in scoring as a junior and senior, leading Ball State to the 2000 NCAA tournament. Clemens played professionally in England.
Lee Coomler, Kokomo: Coomler averaged 22.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals as a senior for a Kokomo team that went 24-2 and won a regional as the only undefeated North Central Conference champion in Kokomo boys basketball history. He scored 951 career points. Coomler averaged 10.1 points as a freshman at Morehead State before transferring to NAIA Olivet Nazarene, where he totaled 1,913 points in three seasons. He was a second-team NAIA All-American in 2000.
Jaraan Cornell, South Bend Clay: Cornell was an Indiana All-Star, averaging 21.8 points per game as a senior and was named third-team All-American by Parade Magazine. He set a Clay record with 1,700 points and helped his team to a state championship as a sophomore in 1994. He went on to play four seasons at Purdue, where he started 105 of 125 games in his career. He finished with 1,595 points, 390 rebounds, 269 assists and 176 steals. Cornell was a two-time third-team All-Big Ten selection.
Carson Cunningham, Andrean: Cunningham averaged 23.0 points for a 19-2 team in his senior season and finished his career at Andrean with 1,476 points. He started 26 games as a freshman at Oregon State before transferring to Purdue, totaling 1,289 points, 444 assists and 108 steals in his college career. Cunningham went on to play three seasons professionally overseas. He is the head coach at Division I Incarnate Word.
Andrew Graves, White River Valley: The Indiana All-Star averaged 25.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game for a 19-6 sectional championship team. Graves set a school record for career points (1,700) and single-season points (653). He went on to set a Butler record by playing in 121 career games and was a part of teams that went 90-39 with three NCAA tournament appearances. He scored 491 career points.
Chris Hahn, Alexandria: The Indiana All-Star averaged 23.0 points and 9.6 rebounds for a team that was 21-3. He was a member of teams that went 74-21, winning two sectional titles, one regional and three conference championships. Hahn played two seasons at Akron, averaging 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a freshman and 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
Mickey Hosier, Alexandria: The Indiana All-Star averaged 16.8 points, 8.9 assists and 4.0 steals as a senior for a 21-3 team. He led the state in assists as a junior and sophomore, setting a state record with 777 career assists. Hosier had 1,161 points and 410 career steals. He was a three-year starter and two-time captain at Ball State, where he was a member of Ball State’s 2000 NCAA tournament team. He finished with 424 career points, 271 assists and 172 steals in 112 career games. Hosier is the athletic director at Alexandria.
Michael Lewis, Jasper: Lewis was named Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year and was runner-up for Mr. Basketball. He averaged a state-leading 31.5 points per game for a regional title team as a senior and graduated with 2,168 career points to set a Jasper record. Lewis went on to play at Indiana, where he finished as the career assist leader (545), leading the team in assists for three seasons. Lewis scored 887 career points at Indiana. He is currently coaching at UCLA.
Brian McCauley, Kokomo: McCauley was high honorable mention all-state as a senior, averaging 14 points for a 24-win regional championship team. He totaled 706 points on teams that were 61-14 over three seasons. He went on to play at Olivet Nazarene, where he set the school record with 258 career 3-pointers. He totaled 1,339 career points, 324 rebounds and 289 assists on teams that were 107-40 with four NAIA national tournament appearances. McCauley was co-captain of the 30-9 final four team in 2000.
Gary McQuay, Gary West: Was an Indiana All-Star as a senior as he averaged 14.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and shot 51.3 percent for a team that was 17-4. McQuay scored 993 career points. He went on to play in 97 games over three seasons at Purdue, totaling 425 points, 327 rebounds and 74 blocked shots. McQuay was among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots in 1997 and ’98. He was diagnosed with leukemia in March of 2000 and died two years later at the age of 24.
Greg McQuay, Gary West: Was an Indiana All-Star as a senior as he averaged 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds for a team that was 17-4. He scored 1,068 career points and finished with 597 rebounds for teams that went 64-22 with a sectional title. McQuay played junior college basketball at Southern Idaho and then went on to start 54 games over two seasons at Purdue, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior and 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds as a senior for an NCAA Elite Eight team. He totaled 628 points and 362 rebounds at Purdue, then went on to play professionally overseas.
Jeff Poisel, Ben Davis: Was named high honorable mention all-state as a senior after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the 1996 state championship against New Albany. He averaged 9.4 points as a senior for a 22-6 state title team and also played on the state championship team as a junior that went 32-1. Poisel set the single-game state championship record with six 3-pointers. He played football at Western Kentucky, earning honorable mention All-American honors in 1997. Poisel finished as the school’s sixth all-time leading scorer and fifth in field goals made.
Yon Price, Ben Davis: Was high honorable mention all-state as he averaged 10 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior for the 1996 state champions. Price was a three-year varsity player for the Giants and starter on back-to-back state championship teams, totaling 506 career points and 217 rebounds. He played three seasons at Embry Riddle University, totaling 674 points, 288 rebounds, 165 assists and 98 steals on teams that went 81-28 and won the 2000 NAIA national championship.
LaMont Roland, New Albany: Roland was an Indiana All-Star and consensus first-team all-state selection as he averaged 21.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.7 steals per game as a senior for a 24-4 state runner-up team. He totaled 1,087 points, 470 rebounds, 263 assists and 180 steals on teams that were 69-11 over three seasons with state finals appearances in 1994 and ’96. Roland was MAC Newcomer of the Year at Ball State as a freshman, then national junior college Player of the Year as a sophomore at Barton County Community College, He finished with two seasons at LSU, where he averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior and 10.2 points and 4.7 assists as a senior. Roland played professionally overseas for many years.
Carl Sykes, Franklin Central: Sykes was named an Indiana All-Star after he averaged 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior for a 24-2 team. He totaled 1,132 career points, 655 rebounds, 236 assists and 125 steals on teams that were 53-14. Sykes was a three-time all-Marion County selection. He played two seasons at Vincennes University, totaling 918 points, and then one season at Tennessee State, where he averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
B.J. Watts, Scottsburg: Watts was named first-team all-state as he averaged 18.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game as a senior for an 18-6 sectional championship team. Watts totaled 1,294 points, 761 rebounds, 253 assists and 151 blocks in four seasons for teams that went 62-29 with three sectional titles. Watts played in 61 games at Southern Indiana, including two teams that played in the NCAA Division II national tournament.
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