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Former VU Trailblazer, Madison High School, Idaho State standout Willie Humes among 2016 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame honorees

NEW CASTLE – One of the most prolific scorers in the histories of Indiana high school basketball, the National Junior College Athletic Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be among the 55th class of inductees into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame next spring.

Willie Humes, a 1969 Vincennes University graduate, joins Indiana University standouts Calbert Cheaney and Damon Bailey, as well as Brad Miley – an important member of the Larry Bird-led 1979 Indiana State squad that reached the NCAA National Championship Game – in the Hall’s 55th induction group. The inductees-to-be also include several other highly successful players and coaches, plus an award-winning long-time southern Indiana sportscaster and one of the state’s top players of the early 20th Century.

**The 14 honorees and the state’s world-renowned basketball heritage will be formally celebrated on March 23 during the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 55th Annual Men’s Awards Banquet at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis (2615 National Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227). Reservations are available online or via mail order in early 2016. For more information, call the Hall of Fame at 765-529-1891, visit or e-mail:

"It's quite the honor," Humes said. "Of course, last year, I watched my buddy Danny (Brown, who was inducted last spring in honor of his prep achievements at Jennings County, playing at Louisville and amassing more than 245 wins as a high school coach) being inducted and I admit that I started thinking about it. But, when it started to happen for real, it's actually kind of overwhelming.

"I truly appreciate this and I couldn't be more appreciative," he added. "It just makes me feel even better to know that I'll be (in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame) with my brother."

Humes will join his brother, Larry (inducted in 1991; 1962 Indiana Mr. Basketball; played collegiately at Evansville) as one of the few sets of siblings enjoying membership in the Hoosier basketball group of honor and museum.

Willie Humes arrived at Vincennes University in the fall of 1967 with a winning pedigree in high school. At the prep level, he became Madison’s second all-time scorer (1,876 points) and rang up the Cubs’ highest one-game scoring total of 53 points.

That combination of early competition and a fervent work ethic produced one of the VU Trailblazer program’s top players of all time, not to mention the leading career scorer from “Madison, Indiana’s First Family of Basketball.” As an undersized forward – even for the junior college level in the late 1960s – the Madison High School product averaged 22.7 points and 6.5 rebounds (54 games; 472 field goals; 274 free throws made; 1,218 points) in two seasons for VU. That two-season scoring average ranked No. 2 in Trailblazer Basketball history at the time.

Humes averaged 25.5 points (a one-season VU school record at the time) and 8.0 rebounds during his sophomore season to lead the Trailblazers to a 20-7 record and prompted legendary VU coach Allen Bradfield to call the NJCAA All-American, “one of the greatest point producers of all time for the Blue and Gold.”

In addition, Humes, who had two games of 37 points his sophomore year, was named the 1969 NJCAA Region 12 Most Valuable Player after scoring 28 points in the region championship game vs. St. Clair (MI). He then scored 24 in one of the Trailblazers’ NJCAA National Championship Tournament games that season.

Humes’ incredible scoring abilities were even more prominent at the next level, at Idaho State University, and his accomplishments there were well documented through his induction in that program’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and being named to the Big Sky Conference Silver Anniversary team in 1987. He began his playing career at Idaho State with a bang, scoring 51 points in his first game at the Big Sky Conference school on the way to being the nation’s fifth-leading NCAA scorer (30.5 ppg) that season and NCAA Div. I’s third top scorer (32.4 ppg) his second season, recording a two-season total of 1,510 points. Humes’ Idaho State career-high of 53 points is one of his eight of the 11 top single-game scoring efforts in Idaho State history.

The soft-spoken Humes turned his love and knowledge of the game into a long Indiana high school coaching career and he has turned out many outstanding players with a high basketball acumen. He has been the assistant girls coach at Columbus East for more than 10 years. He has also been an assistant with the Olympians’ boys varsity program and is the former head girls coach at his alma mater of Madison.

For complete biographical information on each 2016 inductee, see attached OFFICIAL Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame news release:


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